Everyone knows that smoking is bad for your health and is a leading cause of cancer, heart disease and respiratory ailments. However, many of our patients are surprised to learn from our Atlanta vein specialists that smoking can also cause varicose veins and spider veins to develop, as well as more serious venous diseases.

How Does Smoking Affect the Veins?smoking cigarette

  • Smoking brings toxic chemicals into your blood and the blood vessels that carry it. These chemicals thicken the blood, which slows its flow. They also decrease the amount of oxygen in the blood, which is meant to be carried from your lungs throughout your body to nourish it.
  • The nicotine in cigarettes narrows and hardens the arteries. This makes it easier for blood clots to develop.

The two of these effects combined make it more difficult for a person’s blood to circulate. This can lead to all sorts of serious health risks.

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Pulmonary Embolisms

One of the most serious health risks of smoking on the blood vessels is DVT. That occurs when the vein disease is in the deep veins. If a blood clot develops in one of those veins, it can break off and move to the lungs. This is called a pulmonary embolism, and it can be deadly.

The link between smoking and DVT is clear. People who smoke are 50 percent more likely to develop DVT than those who don’t.

Varicose Vein Removal Treatments for Smokers

Our Atlanta vein doctors strongly recommend that our patients stop smoking as part of their customized varicose vein removal treatment plan — and for their overall health. Our state-of-the-art laser vein treatments will remove your unsightly and painful varicose veins and improve circulation. However, a person who continues to smoke is still more likely to have venous disease in the future.

At VeinInnovations, we know what a challenge it can be to stop smoking, particularly if it’s been part of your life for many years. That’s why we offer our patients resources to help them.

Contact Us Today

Call us or contact us online to schedule a consultation at one of our convenient Atlanta vein clinics. We look forward to helping you get on the path to a longer, healthier life free of varicose veins.