Are Varicose Veins and DVT similar?


Varicose veins can be problematic and can cause complications in your life. You might feel uncomfortable and distressed due to it. Today patients have a variety of varicose vein treatment options.

Varicose veins are enlarged, swollen veins that develop on the legs, feet, hands, and face. They might appear in blue or purple and are lumpy, twisted.

According to the research, varicose veins increase the risk of dangerous blood clots. DVT or Deep vein thrombosis do not occur with varicose veins. It is because varicose veins affect the veins close to the skin's surface. However, severe varicose veins can lead to DVT.

Deep vein thrombosis is a severe condition with blood clots in the deep veins. These blood clots can be dangerous if they reach the lungs or heart. It is thus essential to get yourself checked. Your doctor can help you assess your risk for deep vein thrombosis.

Why Do Varicose Veins Develop?

Veins have unidirectional valves. It ensures that the blood flows to the heart in one way. When these valves fail, they make blood flow in the reverse direction. The patient might face excess pressure when standing. The stress leads to the widening of veins, so the veins do not close well. The reverse blood flows into the leg through these veins, causing varicose veins.

Why Does Deep Vein Thrombosis Occur?

Deep veins are located between the muscles. Any type of vigorous muscular activity such as moving the legs, walking, or leg work out helps blood flow easily in these veins. So when legs are inactive, blood collects in the deep veins. This pooling of blood leads to thrombosis. This condition may also develop if you sit crossed legs on a chair for a long time. It restricts the blood flow up the veins in the calf.

Ignoring such a condition can lead to severe deep vein thrombosis. If your blood is thick, it can cause dehydration too.

How to reduce the effects of varicose veins and DVT

Compression stockings are one of the most effective ways to reduce varicose veins and DVT. Anti-embolism stockings or (Aes) Stockings provide comfort and boost blood circulation. These are most effective in preventing DVT as these compress your legs. If you regularly wear them, it reduces the effect considerably.