Varicose veins are the bulging varicosities that twist below the skin’s surface. This twisting motion causes the blood that flows through them to have a higher pressure, and consequently this leads to a slower flow rate of blood. These factors can lead to the development of blood clots in the lower extremities. Blood clots can appear as either superficial thrombophlebitis or as deep vein thrombosis (which is a much more serious condition).
Superficial Blood Clots
Superficial blood clots are blood clots that are found just below the surface of the skin (where most varicose veins are typically found). These are primarily caused by the slowing of the blood flow rate due to the twisting of varicose veins. The blood clots found in superficial cases tend to cause symptoms such as: redness, swelling, and pain of the affected area. These blood clots are troublesome due to the symptoms they may cause, but they do not tend to cause more severe conditions. Ultimately, treatment of varicose veins will aid to reduce the likelihood of developing blood clots and will help to improve the symptoms associated with this venous disease.
Deep Vein Thrombosis
Unlike superficial blood clots, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is the formation of blood clots in deep veins and is a much more dangerous condition. DVT may cause swelling or pain of the affected area, but can also occur with no symptoms which increases its risk factor. The reason why deep vein thrombosis is so dangerous is due to its ability to result in a pulmonary embolism (or blood clot in the lungs). In some cases, the patient is unaware of the presence of DVT until after being treated for a pulmonary embolism. As this condition affects deep veins, it is not commonly seen or associated with varicose veins; however, in extreme and serious varicose vein conditions there is a higher risk of developing DVT.
How to prevent venous blood clots?
- – Staying hydrated
- – Wearing compression stockings
- – Avoiding long periods of inactivity (walking/standing)
- – Wearing loose-fitting clothing
- – Doing leg exercises that promote healthy blood flow
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