Just like with any part of your body, your vascular system requires proper care. Simply ignoring them can lead to possible issues later on. Luckily, we have vein procedures and medicine to ensure proper health. Just how important is vascular care, though?
The Importance of Vascular Medicine
Varicose veins, also known as “spider veins” or telangiectasias, happen to the best of us.
Varicose veins are caused by a backup of blood in the veins and vessels, causing them to swell and bulge out of the skin. They tend to resemble zig-zags or spider-webs (hence the title of “spider veins”). They can be rather unsightly and even uncomfortable. Some common causes involve pregnancy, weight gain, and stress—but many people shrug them off as normal and go on with their lives.
Now, should we shriek at the first sight of varicose veins? No, but while varicose veins are generally harmless, they can lead to something more extreme.
A woman from the U.K. noticed she had developed varicose veins after the birth of her two children. The veins started to give her discomfort, so she decided to consult with a vascular surgeon. He told her that she had a number of varicose veins, many of which were hard to see.
She didn’t think it was a big deal, but he warned her that it was on its way to becoming a leg ulcer.
80% of leg ulcers are caused by venous disease, which vascular care could do a great deal avoiding. In most cases, these ulcers can heal themselves in a matter of weeks, but an open sore on the leg could lead to a much greater infection, including staphylococcus—which can potentially be life-threatening.
Further reasons vascular care is important
While the concept of spider veins is well-known, it’s often misunderstood. People tend to believe it’s just cosmetic and has no other physical effects. That is just not the case.
If left untreated, varicose veins can lead to painful damage that could take a lot of medical attention to cure. One of the issues that could arise is a blood clot, which can lead to a lot of vascular and cardiovascular problems.
Blood clots can even cause brain damage and even death in severe cases.
Hopefully, the importance of vascular medicine and vascular care is clear now. If you have spider veins and are in need of care, seek out a vascular professional for vein treatment.