Are Varicose Veins Dangerous to My Health?

Varicose veins and spider veins are a progressive condition that when left untreated typically worsen over time. They can greatly affect the quality of life for those who suffer from them and create a risk for other serious complications, some of which could be life threatening.

Unsightly varicose veins can cause a variety of symptoms including pain or discomfort, itching, aching, fatigue, cramping and swelling. In addition, they can be responsible for skin changes such as darkening, discoloration, hardening, and the risk for development of skin ulceration. These typically painful skin ulcers when not managed properly can lead to infection and further problems.

Some people can experience bleeding when the veins close to the skin surface burst, and this bleeding may lead to significant blood loss. However, one of the most serious complications that can occur from varicose veins is a condition called deep vein thrombosis. DVT occurs when a blood clot forms within a deep vein, which can break loose and travel to the lungs, resulting in a life-threatening condition called pulmonary embolism.

There are many potential significant implications to ignoring varicose veins and numerous reasons to consult with a varicose vein specialist about varicose vein removal surgery. For those who are experiencing varicose or spider veins there are two highly-effective varicose vein removal treatments to consider, endovenous laser ablation and sclerotherapy.

These treatments are typically completed in the office, within minutes per leg. Because no scalpels or sutures are utilized in either treatment, there are no long-lasting scars or keloids. There’s minimal discomfort, and most treatments are characterized as being virtually painless.

With these modern therapies, most people can resume their daily activities immediately after treatment. Additionally, most major health insurance carriers provide coverage for the treatment of vein disease and venous insufficiency when medically necessary.

If you would like more information regarding the dangers of untreated varicose and spider veins or about varicose vein removal, please contact the Goldman Vein Institute today at one of our two convenient locations: Jupiter 561-625-9853 or Wellington 561-790-4550 or visit us at

At the Goldman Vein Institute, our mission is to provide our patients with comprehensive care for varicose veins, spider veins, and other conditions caused by venous insufficiency. Our highly-qualified and experienced, board-certified vein specialists, Dr. Goldman and Dr. Varghese-Goldman, combine their extensive knowledge and experience, with the latest innovations in vein treatments.

With our offices in Jupiter and Wellington Florida, the Goldman Vein Institute serves patients from Stuart, Hobe Sound, Tequesta, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, North Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Loxahatchee, Royal Palm Beach, Wellington, Hialeah, Sunny Isles, Bay Harbor, Bal Harbour, Miami Beach, Aventura, Surfside, Hallandale, and Hollywood, and we welcome patients across South Florida to visit our state-of-the-art vein centers, where we provide the latest in vein treatment technology.

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