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Varicose Veins

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Trisha S

on 7 March 2011

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Transcript of Varicose Veins

VARICOSE VEINS What is it? They are veins that have become swollen,
twisted and in some cases painful.
This is due to an abnormal collection of blood in the vein. How does it affect the body? The valves in the veins don't function properly which allows the blood to remain in the vein.
This pooling affect is what leads to enlarged veins. Causes: Who is affected? Statistics: Treatment and its affects on the body
Fun Facts! :D Women are most readily affected.

Men also get it, but generally the effects
aren't as severe. Pregnancy
Congenitally defective vein valves
Blood clots
Hereditary factors
Aging Symptoms: Swelling
Skin discolouration
Ulcers Conservative
Sclerotherapy Endo Venous Laser Treatment Vein Stripping Surgery Keeping legs elevated, wear compression stockings, -->
be active and try to stay off feet when it's not necessary
to be on them. An injection that is made into a vein in hopes of
sealing it. An ultra sound can be used, especially
for deep varicose veins. Could take up to 2 years. Affects: brownish discolouration of skin (30%), skin ulcers, allergic reaction (0.3%), matting (15%) and superficial thrombophlebitis. A 2-3mm incision is made. A small tube is inserted into the
vein and the laser fibres inside are activated. The tube is then
removed and the incision is covered. 1-2% fail rate. Affects: bruising, redness, swelling, tightness, numbness, deep venous thrombosis (0.3%) and allergic reaction. Incisions are made at the groin and lower on the leg so
that all veins, including some healthy ones, that are connected
to the deep vein in question could be torn. 30-73% fail rate. Affects: internal bleeding, bruising, deep vein thrombosis (2-5%), injury to lymphatic vessels in groin area, infection (1-5%). 25% of women and 18% of men have varicose veins
Left untreated, almost 50% of people with varicose veins develop venous insufficiency
60% of leg ulcers are a result of varicose veins
If both parents are affected, offspring have roughly a 90% chance of also getting them.
If one parent has varicose veins, sons have a 25% chance of also getting it whereas daughters have a 60% chance. Most common in North America and Western Europe.
Less common in the Mediterranean, South America, India and Africa.
Estimated that 20-25million american have varicose veins.
An American study showed that 27% of their adults had some form of venous disease in their legs.
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