The Hidden Danger of Varicose Veins – Next Avenue

Left untreated, varicose veins could lead to more serious consequences.

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Most people think of varicose veins as a cosmetic concern, but they can lead to other, more serious problems. For example, when blood pools in the vein, it can clot. “I use the analogy of a running stream versus a stagnant pond,” Anton says. “This can cause phlebitis, a superficial clot that can be painful, but usually not life threatening.”