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Varicose Vein Clinic

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Varicose veins affect 80 million Americans. Approximately 25 percent of the adult population has varicose veins and a family history of them. This often painful condition develops when blood pools in the veins, stretching and twisting them. Women are affected four times more than men. UnityPoint Health Vein Clinic offers safe, effective and minimally invasive treatment options such as endovenous therapy and sclerotherapy.

Varicose veins usually develop between the ages of 20-35 and increase with age. Those who are overweight have a greater tendency to develop varicose veins and prolonged standing, sitting, leg crossing and long hot showers are other aggravating factors.

Due to recent advancements, there are new options for people who suffer from varicose veins. We offer safe, effective and minimally invasive treatment options.

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are enlarged, weakened, dilated veins that have permanently lost their ability to carry blood from the legs back up to the heart against the force of gravity. As the blood falls back down the leg and pools, the veins overfill giving them their typical unsightly bulging appearance.

Varicose veins cause tired, heavy, aching, throbbing, swollen legs, which are typically worse at the end of the day. Nighttime leg cramps and leg restlessness are also common problems caused by varicose veins. These symptoms will go away when treated. If left untreated, varicose veins may worsen and lead to the formation of blood clots (thrombosis), inflammation of the vein (phlebitis) and inflammation of the skin (dermatitis).

What causes varicose veins?

Heredity is the number one contributing factor causing varicose veins. Other contributing factors include:

  • pregnancy
  • obesity
  • hormone-containing medications
  • standing for long periods
  • traumatic leg injury or injuries

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