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Half of Peru’s women suffer from varicose veins

Every second Peruvian woman suffers from varicose veins, whether its for genetic or hormonal reasons or the cause of certain lifestyle. This announced Dr. Jaime Ames Silicani, a specialist in endovenous laser treatment and therapies for varicosity.

Silicani explained that varicose veins are more common in women than in men, and are linked with heredity. Other related factors are pregnancy, obesity, menopause, aging, usage of contraceptive pills, hard physical work, prolonged standing, leg injury and abdominal straining.

The doctor maintained that varicose veins can affect any person and can appear on any body part, but most commonly in legs. A varicose vein is dilated (widened), tortuous (twisting) vein, usually involving a superficial vein in the leg, often associated with incompetency of the valves in the vein. These visible and bulging veins are often associated with symptoms such as tired, heavy, or aching limbs. In severe cases, varicose veins can rupture, or open sores (varicose ulcers) can form on the skin.

And as the disease progresses, it may produce swelling on the ankles and legs, skin over the vein may become dry, itchy and thin, leading to eczema (venous eczema), blood clots (varicophlebitis) and hemorrhages.

Varicose veins are usually progressive and cannot be prevented entirely. However, wearing support stockings and maintaining normal weight and regular exercise may be beneficial.

Treatment is not always necessary for varicose veins. Severe cases, especially those involving ulcers, require treatment. Varicose veins are frequently treated by eliminating the varicose veins to let blood flow through the remaining healthy veins. This can be done by surgery or sclerotherapy. Varicose vein surgery is commonly referred to as stripping. Sclerotherapy uses a fine needle to inject a solution directly that irritates the lining of the vein, causing it to swell and the blood to clot. The vein turns into scar tissue that fades from view.

Newer methods for treating varicose veins, such as endovenous laser treatment, radiofrequency ablation, and foam sclerotherapy are not as well studied, especially in the longer term. Open surgery has been performed for over a century.

Wolfy Becker