Always thought varicose veins and spider veins were the same thing? Never knew there are treatments for varicose veins that are covered by many insurance plans? Take the short quiz to see how much you really know about varicose veins.
True or False: Varicose veins are a cosmetic issue and don’t need to be treated.
False: Varicose veins, though often thought of as a cosmetic nuisance, can actually progress to a more serious form of venous disease called chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). CVI is a progressive disease that can result in increasingly serious signs and symptoms if not treated, including leg pain, swelling, restless legs, skin damage and ulcers. And, as a treatable condition, varicose veins can be addressed by various minimally-invasive treatments before they progress.
True or False: Spider veins are the same thing as varicose veins.
False: Spider veins, like varicose veins, are caused by dysfunctional vein valves. However, spider veins appear as a nest of blue or red veins just under the surface of the skin, and typically do not bulge above the skin’s surface like varicose veins. Varicose veins are a sign of venous disease and should be diagnosed and treated by a vein specialist to avoid progression to CVI. It is recommended that people seek professional advice for both spider veins and varicose veins.
True or False: Genetics and age are common factors in the development of varicose veins and CVI.
True: Genetics and age are large contributors to varicose veins and CVI development. In fact, women over 50 are most likely to develop venous disease. And, if you have a family remember who suffers from varicose veins or signs and symptoms of CVI, you are more likely to develop varicose veins in your lifetime.
True or False: Men are not at risk for developing varicose veins and CVI.
False: Men are at risk for experiencing varicose veins as well as more severe signs and symptoms of CVI. In fact, 43% of men are expected to develop venous disease by the time they reach their 60s; however, a majority of those do not seek treatment until the condition worsens.
True or False: Varicose vein treatments are just too expensive to consider.
False: Because varicose veins are recognized as clinical conditions, most insurance plans will cover treatment. For self paying patients we offer financing through Care Credit.