Varicose Veins Associated With Increased Risk of Deep Vein Blood Clots

Faith Castro
March 2, 2018

Varicose veins are usually considered harmless and more of a cosmetic nuisance than a physical problem.

What's more, they were twice as prone to build up an aspiratory embolism - a clot which goes into the lungs and can be destructive.

However, researchers in Taiwan looked at data on more than 400,000 people and found varicose veins were associated with the more serious deep vein thrombosis.

Response: To examine whether greater severity of varicose veins was associated with higher risk would be our recommendation for future research. Overall, the HR for the patients with varicose veins with PAD was 1.72 (95% CI 1.68-1.77) compared with the control group.

More research is needed to know whether varicose veins cause the unsafe clots, or if they are just a symptom of it. The HR for the association of varicose veins with PE was 1.73 (95% CI 1.54-1.94) compared with the control group. Due to the association with increasing risk of more serious diseases, patients with varicose vein may warrant careful monitoring and early evaluation. However, Chen noted that her team is now undertaking another study to better understand how those treatments could mitigate the risk of the 3 conditions.

Every year around 25,000 people in the United Kingdom bite the dust from a blood clot in a vein, and the condition is additionally the third driving reason for heart assaults and strokes.

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Inflammation has become "increasingly recognized as a key player in the development of vascular disease, including deep venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, stroke and heart attack", Piazza said.

Further research needs to be conducted to improve understanding of the link between PE, PAD and varicose veins.

Still, the association between varicose veins and DVT was strong, he added.

"Varicose veins have been included in all major risk assessment tools" for obstructed blood vessels based on the "known association between the two conditions", Kindzelski said.

The study was supported by grants from Chang Gung Medical Research Program, and from the Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology.

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