While anyone can get varicose veins, seniors can be more vulnerable to the development of varicose veins for a variety of reasons. Aging can weaken the tiny valves in the leg veins. This allows blood buildup that can create painful and swollen leg veins. If left untreated, varicose veins can create serious health complications. Here are three health risks that can significantly impact seniors with untreated varicose veins.
Lymphedema is excessive swelling as untreated varicose veins enlarge. This swelling can be highly uncomfortable and can interfere with the ability for seniors to perform everyday tasks. Lymphedema can be treated with prescribed compression wraps, massage and advanced medical treatments.
When blood becomes trapped within leg veins, circulation can slow. Slower circulation can lead to blood clotting. With untreated varicose veins in seniors, serious blood clots can travel to the lungs and cause a fatal pulmonary embolism. If you notice tenderness, redness or bumps in your legs, have a medical doctor evaluate it immediately.
Slow healing sores known as venous ulcers can develop around varicose veins. Symptoms can include rashes, swelling and a brown discoloration in the skin. Untreated varicose veins can block oxygen and essential nutrients from reaching the skin. This can make these venous ulcers difficult to heal in seniors, and infections or blood poisoning can develop as the ulcers progress. In extreme cases, leg ulcers can lead to the need for skin removal and limb loss.
Venous ulcers can be treated by controlling pressure with leg elevation and compression. Dead tissue may be removed around the sore. Lifestyle changes can help lower risks and symptoms. Outpatient surgery options can also provide relief, depending on symptoms.
Reduce Your Health Risks from Untreated Varicose Veins
The chances for severe complications can significantly increase for untreated varicose veins. Seniors can prevent the symptoms of varicose veins with low-impact exercises, compression stockings and a healthy diet. With the advanced minimally invasive surgical options available, seniors can be ideal candidates. Fibroids MD offers personalized treatment plans to help improve your quality of life. Call to schedule a consultation appointment today.