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Varicose Veins

Alternate Names : Venous Varicosities

Varicose Veins | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What can be done to prevent the condition?

Although varicose veins may be partly inherited, making certain lifestyle changes may help prevent this condition. The following activities should be avoided to help prevent this condition:

  • heavy lifting
  • standing for long periods of time
  • sitting with legs crossed for long periods of time
  • Avoidance of obesity and getting regular exercise is also advised to help prevent this condition.

    What are the long-term effects of the condition?

    Severe varicose veins can cause eczema, inflammation, or stasis dermatitis, which is skin breakdown in the lower legs.

    Inflammation of the deep veins can lead to blood clots. These clots may break off and block the artery that supplies the lungs, known as a pulmonary embolus.

    What are the risks to others?

    Varicose veins pose no risks to others and are not contagious.

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    Varicose Veins: Treatment & Monitoring

    Author: Terry Mason, MPH
    Reviewer: Adam Brochert, MD
    Date Reviewed: 04/09/01

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