Many people don’t realise that Varicose Veins Can Put You in the Hospital but they couldn’t be more wrong. Some view varicose veins as a cosmetic problem only, however more serious complications can result if varicose veins are left untreated.

Here are 3 ways that untreated varicose veins can put you in hospital:

Blood clots

Varicose veins cause bulges that disrupt healthy circulation and allow blood to pool. As platelets collect, over time a blood clot may develop. Blood clots that break free can migrate to vital organs, including heart, lungs, and brain and create potential for a more serious blockage that could lead to organ failure or death. Blood clots formed within varicose veins are less prone to migrate, however they remain a serious health concern.

Vein rupture

Varicose veins can lead to substantial damage to the vein walls, leading in some cases to a vein rupture. Ruptures are difficult to predict and typically require surgery to repair. A rupture resulting from a varicose vein may not by itself require emergency treatment, but further critical complications can develop if your blood is thin, or compromised by medications or another medical condition.

Skin ulcers

Swelling and fluid build up beneath the skin due to varicose veins can lead to skin ulcers at the site of affected areas, particularly where clothing chafes and rubs. Skin ulcers carry a risk of infection and chronic sores are more than just painful, they can be dangerous. Onset of a skin ulcer or localised infection may be tipped by prominent swelling, tenderness, and marked skin discolouration. Serious infections require professional medical treatment.

Don’t let untreated varicose veins turn into a more serious health problem. Varicose vein treatment is simple, safe, virtually painless, and very convenient. The Vein Care staff of professional physicians and nurses are extremely experienced and caring, we are trusted by thousands of patients to provide the very best varicose vein treatment for Melbourne and surrounding communities. Contact us today to learn more, or to schedule a consultation.