Ruptured Varicose Veins…A Real Danger?
While cruising the Internet looking for information and advice about varicose veins, you may have come across and article or two about how a ruptured varicose vein caused someone to bleed to death. The story certainly seems far-fetched, but could it have happened? The short answer is yes, but the likelihood is very slim.
When blood builds up in the superficial veins due to poor blood flow and the weakening of valve structures within the vein, the subsequent enlargement and visible bulging and twisting is called a varicose vein. If left untreated, varicose veins can increase in size. As they get larger, the walls of veins get thinner and something as simple as a solid bump can rupture them. Depending on the size of the varicose vein, the rupture can create what seems like a great deal of blood loss.
What to Do If a Varicose Vein Ruptures
First, it is important to note that ideally, varicose veins are treated before they get to size where a rupture is likely. But, of course, some patients will address their varicose veins sooner than others. If a varicose vein does happen to rupture, slowing the bleeding by applying pressure is an important first step. When the vein first ruptures, there may be a great deal of blood, which will likely taper off in short order. Applying pressure helps reduce the amount of blood loss and gives you time to seek medical attention.
A ruptured varicose vein may not stop bleeding, and without medical attention may result in a serious amount of blood loss. Excessive blood loss can, of course, be a very serious problem that can even lead to death. While this may have been what happened in the above mentioned news stories, it is a rare occurrence that can be mitigated by staying aware of large veins and seeking attention if a rupture occurs.
Preventing a Varicose Vein Rupture
Ultimately, getting varicose veins treated early is the best way to avoid a rupture. Using minimally invasive and highly effective techniques, the Heart House treats varicose veins quickly and easily, allowing patients to resume their normal routines shortly after the procedure. Not only does treating varicose veins and venous insufficiency improve cosmesis, it can also avoid some serious potential long-term risks such is the aforementioned rupturing of a varicose vein, or a leg ulcer.
To learn more about varicose vein treatment, we invite you to attend one of our free vein screenings held monthly at our Marlton or Vineland Office locations. From there, we can offer you guidance on the best procedure for your situation, and schedule a follow-up consultation with one of our highly-experienced vein experts.