Varicose Veins Often Misunderstood

ATHERTON, Calif., April 21 (UPI) — A U.S. interventional radiologist says those with varicose vein disease are often misdiagnosed.

Dr. Douglas Lewis, a board certified vascular and interventional radiologist in Atherton, Calif., says mistreating or ignoring of varicose veins can result in needless suffering and complications because patients aren’t treated until the disease reaches a more debilitating — and more difficult to treat — stage.


Lewis advises the sooner the disease is diagnosed, the simpler the treatments and the better the outcomes.

“It is crucial to better educate physicians and to inform the community about how to detect early stage vein disease and when to seek treatment,” Lewis says in a statement.

Lewis says varicose vein misconceptions include:

– Varicose and spider veins are only a cosmetic issue.

– Varicose vein symptoms such as soreness, heaviness, burning, tingling, itching, easy leg fatigue are just a part of aging.

– Waiting for treatment will allow for taking care of everything at once.

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