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Do Varicose Veins Cause Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)?

Varicose veins may not cause any problems, or they may cause aching pain, throbbing and discomfort. In some cases, varicose veins can lead to more serious health problems including Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).

  • Sores and skin ulcers can develop due to chronic backing up of blood. These sores can be painful and take a long time to heal until the backward blood flow problem in the vein is repaired.
  • Bleeding can occur because the skin over the veins becomes thin and easily injured. If an injury does occur, there can be significant blood loss.
  • Superficial thrombophlebitis is a blood clot that forms in a vein just below the skin. It can cause skin redness, a firm, tender, warm vein, pain and swelling.
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis is a blood clot in a deeper vein. It can cause a “pulling” feeling in the calf, pain, warmth, redness and swelling. However, DVT doesn’t always cause symptoms. If the blood clot travels to the lungs, it can be fatal.

Talk to your doctor about varicose veins if the vein becomes swollen, red or tender or if you develop sores, a rash or bleeding on the leg or ankle. Please visit or call (775) 329-3100 to learn more about varicose veins and Deep Vein Thrombosis.


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Video Spotlight: Pregnancy and Veins

Many women first start to develop varicose veins during pregnancy. As the uterus grows, it puts pressure on the large vein on the right side of the body, which in turn increases pressure in the leg veins. Veins are the blood vessels that return blood from your extremities to your heart. When you are pregnant, the amount of blood in your body increases, adding to the burden on your veins. Additionally, the progesterone levels are increased causing the walls of the blood vessels to relax.

Varicose veins tend to get worse with each successive pregnancy and as you get older. Being overweight, carrying multiples, and standing for long periods can also make a woman more susceptible. For many women, the varicose veins tend to improve after giving birth.

To learn more watch Dr. Daake of the Reno Vein Clinic discussing varicose veins and pregnancy at:

Visit or call (775) 329-3100 to learn more about varicose veins and the treatment options available.

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