Can Varicose Veins Cause Blood Clots?

A blood clot can form in any vein, but it may be more likely to form in veins that are inflamed or damaged. Both varicose veins and spider veins can increase your risk of developing blood clots.

Varicose Veins and Blood Clots

Varicose veins are abnormally swollen, twisted veins that often look blue through the skin. They usually occur in the legs and result from repeated pressure on the veins by your circulating blood, which causes valves within the vein to fail.

A varicose vein cannot circulate blood properly and can lead to a variety of health problems. One such problem is superficial thrombophlebitis, in which the vein becomes inflamed and a blood clot forms. Because varicose veins are already damaged, they are more vulnerable to superficial thrombophlebitis; even a small injury can cause a varicose vein to develop superficial thrombophlebitis.

What to Do If You Think You Have a Blood Clot

Because blood clots can lead to serious health problems, it is important to meet with a vein specialist to treat and prevent issues associated with varicose veins. Since varicose veins increase your health risks, getting varicose vein treatment can save you from a multitude of health problems.

If you believe you may have superficial thrombophlebitis, take steps to address it by meeting with a vein specialist as soon as possible. Fortunately, vein specialists can usually identify superficial thrombophlebitis by observation alone, as the affected area will usually be red, warm, and tender. They will then be able to recommend treatment to resolve the issue.

Varicose Veins and Deep Vein Thrombosis

Unfortunately, science has also indicated that having varicose veins is associated with a significantly increased risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). This indicates a blood clot in the deeper veins, which can be more difficult to diagnose. DVT can go undiscovered until it has caused serious health complications, so it is especially important to watch for warning signs if you have been diagnosed with varicose veins. If you have varicose veins, keep an eye out for these symptoms of DVT:

  • Tenderness in the legs
  • Swelling in the legs
  • Pain in the legs
  • Sudden fatigue or heaviness in the leg
  • Unusually warm, red, or discolored skin in the leg

If you have these symptoms, you can protect yourself by discussing with your vein specialist to determine a health plan.

If you have varicose veins or other chronic vein problems, contact Vein Specialists of Augusta. Our vein experts will evaluate your condition and determine the best treatment plan for your varicose veins. Call (706) 854-8340 or contact us online to book an appointment with Dr. Sherman today.

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