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NIH tackles varicose veins

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    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) tackles varicose veins in their newsletter, called 'NIH News in Health'.  The article called "Bulging Veins:  What To Do About Varicose Veins" is published online on the NIH website.  The article interviews an NIH Physician, Dr Cheryl McDonald.  Here is an excerpt from the article: 

    "If not treated, larger varicose veins can become problematic,” explains Dr Cheryl McDonald, a physician at the NIH. They can cause symptoms like itching, achiness, heaviness, and swelling in the legs. If left untreated, the pressure inside the vein can further weaken the valve’s functioning. That can lead to chronic changes in the skin and tissues, including open sores or ulcers and hard, thickened skin.

    Varicose veins are a treatable medical condition. Your health care provider can usually diagnose them with a physical exam. They may also order an ultrasound or other tests to more fully evaluate the problem.

    Treatment depends upon the severity of the vein problems. They range from lifestyle changes to medical procedures". 


    Dr Karamanoukian's note:  It is admirable that the NIH wrote this article on varicose veins which afflict over 40% of the adult poplutation and cause a lot of pain and limit the ability of patients to work, exercise and live a heart healthy life.