At VeinInnovations, we know that people often go to great lengths to hide their varicose veins, even from family members. If you notice that a parent, spouse, or other loved one has varicose veins or is experiencing other symptoms of venous disease, we know that it can be a challenge to talk to them about it. They may be embarrassed or simply believe that vein problems are part of aging, or that their veins are “just a cosmetic problem.”

Here are some tips that you may find helpful in convincing loved ones to get their varicose veins properly diagnosed and treated by a vein specialist:

1. Explain that varicose veins can be the sign of a much more serious condition.

Many people think that varicose veins are simply a cosmetic issue. However, vein problems can make people more susceptible to developing blood clots, which can be life-threatening. Varicose veins can also lead to venous ulcers, which are sores on the leg that are very difficult to heal.

You certainly don’t want to frighten people unnecessarily – nor do we! However, you cantalking about venous disease explain that they should have the chance of anything serious ruled out and that by having the problem treated now, they can save pain, time, and expenses later on.

2. Discuss the hereditary aspect of venous disease.

If it’s a parent who’s resisting getting treatment, explain that varicose veins and venous disease are hereditary. Parents are more likely to take action for their children than for themselves.

If both of your parents have varicose veins, you have a 90 percent chance of getting them. The risk drops if only one parent has them, but for females in particular, it’s still high at 62 percent. Explain that you want to know for yourself and your children what’s causing the varicose veins so that you can exercise extra precautions.

3. Talk about quality of life.

People often don’t associate the pain and fatigue they’re feeling in their legs with their varicose veins. Even fewer realize that it can be the cause of the symptoms of restless leg syndrome – a condition that often accompanies varicose veins and can keep a person from falling or staying asleep. By having their varicose veins treated, they can probably enjoy better rest at night, and lead a more active, comfortable life, even if it just means taking more walks or being able to keep up better with their grandchildren.

4. Explain the advancements made in the field of vein treatment.

Your loved one may have heard stories of “vein stripping” and other invasive surgical techniques once used to treat varicose veins. On our site, you can show them the new non-invasive and minimally-invasive treatments for varicose veins that we do in the comfort of our Atlanta-area vein treatment centers. Our patients generally are able to return to normal activities the same day. The days of having to be hospitalized and having a long recovery time are over.

5. Explain that vein treatments are often covered by health insurance and Medicare, when medically indicated.

Seniors are understandably concerned about the cost of vein treatments. However, over 90 percent of our procedures are covered by health insurance or Medicare, as they are medically indicated procedures.

Our Atlanta vein specialists are happy to answer any questions and address any concerns that patients have about their condition and recommended treatments. Call or contact us online today to schedule an appointment at one of our convenient Atlanta-area locations.