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Varicose Veins And The Risk of Blood Clots

As varicose veins are a blood circulation problem, patients may wonder whether there is an increased risk of blood clots. 

Some experts say that varicose veins are not especially likely to cause a blood clot, but there is now research that indicates the reverse and in fact, according to a report published in 2018, varicose veins may quintuple the risk of blood clots.

Varicose veins are caused by blood pooling instead of returning efficiently to the heart, due to inefficient veins. The pooling blood causes the vein to become more visible, lookin swollen, stretched, lumpy and deformed. As symptoms progress, varicose veins can be uncomfortable too.

However, researchers in Taiwan believe that varicose veins increase the risk of DVT (deep vein thrombosis).

Dr. Shyue-Luen Chang, a phlebologist in the department of dermatology at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taoyuan said:

“Varicose veins are not merely a cosmetic or symptomatic concern, because they may be associated with increasing risk of more serious disease.”

The exact relationship is not understood and Change said that more research was required to explore whether varicose veins cause the clots or are a risk for them.

Dr. Maja Zaric, interventional cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, responded to the research saying:

“Given the very high prevalence of varicose veins in the general population worldwide, the results of this trial should trigger future studies to further investigate the effect of varicose veins on the inflammation and formation of a blood clot, and to assess the link between the severity of varicose veins and DVT.”

This may lead to earlier or more widespread treatment of varicose veins, which are often dismissed as a ‘cosmetic’ problem. A link between varicose veins and blood clots would potentially lead to more aggressive treatment to prevent complications.

Meanwhile in the UK, NHS treatment for varicose veins means that only the most serious cases are considered for surgery.

See NHS Varicose Vein Removal Cutbacks for more information.

Private Varicose Vein Removal

Many patients are now choosing the private sector for varicose vein treatment, where the latest treatment options are available with short waiting lists.

Cosmedics’ London Vein Treatment Centres offers a completely different experience, with high-tech solutions to get rid of the varicose veins on a day case basis. There is no need for a hospital stay – these procedures are carried out in clinic and patients are able to walk out and return home same day. There is no general anaesthetic, only a local, which also makes the procedure much more agreeable.

Varicose Vein Removal Treatments

We offer a range of varicose vein treatments using the latest laser and surgical techniques, all carried out by our experienced Vascular Surgeon on a ‘walk in walk out’ basis with no overnight stay and no general anaesthetic:

  • EVLA (endovenous laser ablation) treatment offers a 95% success rate. Cosmedics Skin Clinics offer EVLA treatment at their London vein treatment centre with a renowned vascular surgeon
  • ClariVein® is a treatment which combines a mechanical with a chemical action to seal
  • Foam sclerotherapy an injectable treatment for smaller varicose veins or larger thread veins
  • Micro surgery for physical, surgical removal of the affected vein where necessary

For more information or to book a consultation, please complete the form on this web page or call 020 7386 0464.

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