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Indeed, a new manuscript in Journal of Vascular Surgery Venous & Lymphatic Disorders shares evidence that primary varicose veins increase the risk of developing deep vein thrombosis.   To date, there was merely a weak association.  In a study by Prandoni, et al., it was shown that patients with varicose veins, hospitalized for over 5 days, and over age 75 were at risk of developing asymptomatic DVT.  We have long believed that reflux or the back flow in varicose veins influences the deep vein system in a negative way.  We have also know that upon treating an incompetent great saphenous vein, the flow rates of the deep system improve.  Given the findings of this new study, patients with varicose veins should consider a larger benefit than symptom reduction or cosmetic improvement.  Patients will expect to have their overall risk of developing blood clots to be reduced.  

“Primary venous insufficiency increases risk of deep vein thrombosis.”  Shaydakov ME, Comerata AJ, Lurie F.  JVSVL 2016; 4: 161-6.Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 9.50.20 AM

Dr. Schul and his team are well versed in a variety of treatments for superficial vein incompetence, varicose veins, spider veins, and deep vein thrombosis.  To learn more about your risk for blood clots or how we can help you become free of varicose or spider veins visit or call (765) 807-2770 to schedule your consultation.