Do Varicose Veins Have Symptoms?

February 05, 1999

What are the symptoms of varicose veins? Edinburgh vein study cross sectional population survey

Tens of thousands of varicose vein operations are performed in the UK each year. Varicose veins are thought to be responsible for lower limb symptoms including heaviness, swelling, cramps and tingling. The presence of one or more of these symptoms, along with evidence of abnormal blood movement in leg veins, may be considered an indication for surgery, despite limited evidence to show that these symptoms are caused by venous problems, or that operating helps to alleviate the symptoms.

In this week's BMJ Andrew Bradbury and colleagues at the University of Edinburgh, along with researchers at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary report that such symptoms are extremely common in the general population whether or not varicose veins are present. The authors state that surgical decisions based on symptoms may be unreliable, and urge clinicians to attempt to distinguish between patients who may and may not benefit from surgical intervention.


Andrew Bradbury, Senior Lecturer and Consultant Vascular Surgeon, The University of Edinburgh, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Edinburgh


Related Varicose Veins Articles from Brightsurf:

Molecular compass for cell orientation
Plants have veins that transport nutrients through their body. These veins are highly organized.

3D biometric authentication based on finger veins almost impossible to fool
Biometric authentication, which uses unique anatomical features such as fingerprints or facial features to verify a person's identity, is increasingly replacing traditional passwords for accessing everything from smartphones to law enforcement systems.

Early treatment for leg ulcers leads to better outcomes for patients
Early surgical treatment of leg ulcers caused by varicose veins improves healing and reduces the risk of the condition coming back, according to a new study.

New robot does superior job sampling blood
In the future, robots could take blood samples, benefiting patients and healthcare workers alike.

The taller you are, the more likely you may develop varicose veins
A person's height may be a risk factor for varicose veins, which can be associated with other health risks.

Height may be risk factor for varicose veins, Stanford-led study finds
The taller you are, the more likely you are to develop varicose veins, according to a study led by Stanford University School of Medicine researchers that examined the genes of more than 400,000 people in search of clues to what causes this common but little understood condition.

How dragonfly wings get their patterns
Researchers from Harvard University have developed a model that can recreate, with only a few parameters, the wing patterns of a large group of insects, shedding light on how these complex patterns form.

Use of 2 anti-clotting medications following bypass surgery improves outcomes for grafted veins
Taking aspirin plus an anti-clotting medication for one year after heart bypass surgery resulted in less narrowing of the vein used to bypass a blocked artery than taking aspirin alone.

Early treatment for leg ulcers gets patients back on their feet
Treating leg ulcers within two weeks by closing faulty veins improves healing by 12 percent compared to standard treatment, according to new findings.

Are varicose veins associated with increased risk of blood clot?
Varicose veins were associated with increased risk of developing a type of blood clot known as a deep venous thrombosis (DVT), although more research is needed to understand the strength of that association.

Read More: Varicose Veins News and Varicose Veins Current Events is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to