Uncovering the Myths About Varicose Veins

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Varicose Veins

Don't let Your varicose veins keep You out of shorts this summer.

This is the time of year to "think spring" and to look forward to warmer weather and spring wardrobes. And when you think about spring, you know that summer is just around the corner. But for many people with varicose veins, the thought of putting on a pair of shorts or a swimsuit not only means feeling embarrassed about the appearance of their legs, but also reminds them of the pain that varicose veins can cause. There are many myths and misconceptions about varicose veins and how to address them. Take this short quiz to test your knowledge:


1. Varicose veins are a cosmetic problem. They are not a health issue. TRUE or FALSE?

FALSE. Varicose veins and spider veins are a form of vein disease, a medical condition that can lead to further health complications. The pain, aching, itching and swelling that vein disease can cause can have a negative impact on quality of life. In some cases, vein disease can cause serious health issues such as venous leg ulcers that can lead to amputation.

2. Varicose veins only happen to women and are caused by pregnancy. TRUE or FALSE?

FALSE. The overall incidence of vein disease in women is not profoundly higher than men - a fact that many find to be surprising.