Deep vein thrombosis (DVT), the formation of blood clots (thromboses) in veins deep in the body, most often in large veins of the lower legs and thighs, is a dangerous problem that is separate and distinct from varicose veins. Though fairly common, deep vein thrombosis can be life threatening.
Hereof, can varicose veins be fatal?
Can Varicose Veins Be Fatal? 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.
What are the risks of varicose veins?
Complications of varicose veins, although rare, can include:
- Ulcers. Extremely painful ulcers may form on the skin near varicose veins, particularly near the ankles.
- Blood clots. Occasionally, veins deep within the legs become enlarged.
- Bleeding. Occasionally, veins very close to the skin may burst.
Can varicose veins cause health problems?
They do not cause problems for most people. However, if the flow of blood through veins becomes worse, problems such as leg swelling and pain, blood clots, and skin changes may be present. Risk factors include: Family history of varicose veins.