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If I treat my varicose veins will my blood flow to my heart still be healthy?

This question was asked in San Francisco, California and has 4 answer(s) as of 08/14/2012.
If I get treatment for my varicose veins in my legs will this make my veins weaker? Will my veins still be able to bring blood back to my heart?

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Following expert vein treatment for varicose veins, your circulation will actually improve. With many extra pathways to return back to the heart, eliminating the defective venous conduit(s) simply repairs the "venous pump" and normalizes flow.

In many cases, varicose veins and spider veins are caused by an incompetent superficial system that causes back pressure. When eliminating diseased superficial veins, circulation is actually increased by keeping blood flow in the deeper, healthy veins, thus increasing blood flow to the heart.

There are miles of veins in your legs, so once your leg veins are treated, the blood finds healthier veins to return to the heart. That said, I do remind my patients that genetics / hereditary is the most common cause of unhealthy veins, so if they were born with bad veins, then all their leg veins may eventually weaken. I liken it to roads being paved w bad asphalt. So, after leg vein treatments, I advise them other veins may also breakdown and recommend they return for follow-up every few years to check them.

Varicose veins are dysfunctional veins that do not effectively carry blood back to the heart. As a result, blood is re-routed through other healthy veins back to the heart. Removing unhealthy veins actually helps the circulation, because you are getting rid of a burden on the system. Remember that most of the blood in the leg veins (over 90%) is returned to the heart via the deep veins. The deep veins are burried within your muscle, and are protected by the muscle. Varicose veins are superficial veins of the legs, which means they lie outside of the muscle closer to the surface of the skin.

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