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What is the correlation between varicose veins and deep vein thrombosis?

I am not bothered by the appearance of my varicose veins on my legs, but I was wondering about potential side effects. Specifically, what is the correlation between varicose veins and deep vein thrombosis?

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Doctors Answers (2)

Varicose veins will increase venous congestion with increased pressure, venous reflux and decreased venous blood flow. This can lead to clots in the superficial veins (phlebitis) which can then sometimes further extend down into the deep system. However, varicose veins are more likely to lead to chronic venous insufficiency which can result in lower leg skin changes including skin ulceration, spontaneous venous bleeding, superficial blood clots (phlebitis), with soreness and worsening of symptoms such as restless leg syndrome. Wearing compression hose and aerobic activities such as walking are beneficial if you have significant varicose vein symptoms.

There is a correlation in several circumstances. You should see your phlebologist to discuss a long term care plan. There are several things you can do to help decrease DVT risk.

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