Many of our patients have asked us whether varicose veins can ultimately be fatal. We understand the logic behind this question and also some vein clinics cause several thousands of death per year. However, vein health is a crucial part of your overall health, and issues like poor circulation and clotting can have a negative impact. However, we are relieved to be able to inform our patients that it is very uncommon for varicose vein problems to actually be fatal.

A Disease That Progresses Slowly

Vein disease is progressive and varicose veins happen over time. They begin as merely unsightly aesthetic issues, and after many years, they can begin to develop symptoms. Those symptoms can include some pain, then itching or swelling in the area. People with vein disease can also experience complications, including skin changes, dermatitis and venous stasis ulcers. Without treatment, these complications get worse over time. In the very late stages of varicose vein problems, the veins may bleed from the skin ulcerations they caused. However, this bleeding is typically limited and easily treated.

Very Rare Cases of Fatality

While the medical community as a whole considers varicose veins to be non-life-threatening, we would be remiss not to mention that there have been some instances where varicose veins caused a patient to have a fatal hemorrhage. These hemorrhages occurred when a patient’s vein burst from swelling caused by varicose veins. However, we must emphasize that this is in no way a common occurrence. When we examine and treat our patients, we are vigilant to look for potentially hemorrhagic varicose veins, and we will offer advice on how to treat these veins to avoid any major hemorrhaging.

If You Are Concerned

If you are concerned about the health of your varicose veins, we encourage you to come and talk with our Atlanta vein specialists. They can assess your current vein health and help you to understand what your treatment options are. If you are in the early stages of varicose veins, the choice to treat your veins may be a purely aesthetic one. However, if your case is more advanced, we may strongly encourage you to pursue treatment for varicose veins to help you avoid the uncomfortable symptoms associated in the disease.

If you are currently experiencing uncomfortable symptoms from varicose veins or are concerned about the appearance of your legs, schedule a consultation with one of our vein specialists today.