Over 40 million Americans are afflicted with varicose veins and venous disease – nearly 25% of all women and 15% of men. When the one-way valves in your veins fail to function properly, blood leaks through these valves and travels down the vessels towards your feet instead of upwards back to the heart. The blood then overfills and distends the superficial veins underneath skin, resulting in symptomatic varicose veins – a condition known as chronic venous insufficiency.
If left untreated, venous disease can lead to a more advanced disease process including:
- Blood clots
- Development of lower extremity venous ulcerations
- Bleeding varicose veins / spider veins
- Continual worsening of symptoms and cosmetic appearance