According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, venous thromboembolism (VTE) affects an estimated 900,000 Americans each year. More commonly known as blood clots, nearly 100,000 of these cases are fatal.
The symptoms of varicose veins often interfere with everyday life. Swelling, leg heaviness and fatigue can keep patients from enjoying their favorite activities.
Summer is synonymous with vacation, backyard BBQs, sunshine – and hot temperatures. If the warmth triggers a physical reaction in your body, this might not be the most enjoyable time of year. Specifically, swelling in the legs or feet that can be painful and restrictive.
A common vascular disorder, varicose veins occurs when the one-way valves in our leg veins malfunction, allowing blood to collect and pool in the lower legs. Excess pressure causes veins to bulge below the skin’s surface giving the veins a gnarled appearance.
Pregnancy is a life-changing event in a woman’s life. The experience of carrying a baby is unlike any other, yet it does come with challenges. About 40 percent of pregnant women develop varicose veins, which occur when the valves in the leg veins malfunction.