A point mutation (G20210A) in the Factor II (prothrombin) gene is the second most common cause of inherited blood clots and accounts for 20% of the inherited blood clotting disorders. The incidence of this mutation in the Caucasian population is 1-2% and in African Americans it is 0.1%. Carriers of this mutation have an increased risk (3x) of developing a blood clot in the deep veins (deep venous thrombosis or DVT). A test for this mutation is usually only recommended if there is a family history of blood clots (DVT) or in cases where the cause of the blood clot is not clear or in pregnant women with recurrent miscarriages. A more common cause of a blood clotting disorder that is inherited from the parents is the Factor V Leiden mutation.
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It is impossible to prevent an inherited tendency toward having varicose veins, but it is certainly possible to take measures that will help. Remember that varicose veins are veins that have been stretched so often that they have become chronically dilated. The trick is to limit the opportunity to distend the veins.
1. Wear compression stockings
2. stay fit and maintain a healthy weight
3. exercise: exercising helps your veins pump blood.
4. avoid prolonged sitting or standing
5. avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight
6. elevate your legs as much as possible
Varicose veins and venous insufficiency are neglected causes for restless leg syndrome. Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder characterized by throbbing, pulling, creeping, or other unpleasant sensations in the legs and an uncontrollable, and sometimes overwhelming, urge to move them. Symptoms occur primarily at night when a person is relaxing or at rest and can increase in severity during the night. Moving the legs relieves the discomfort. Often called paresthesias (abnormal sensations) or dysesthesias (unpleasant abnormal sensations), the sensations range in severity from uncomfortable to irritating to painful.
RLS is often felt to be a neurological problem that is treated with medication, but there are other causes such as thyroid disease, anemia, pregnancy, and varicose veins. RLS is actually common amongst patients with varicose veins. La Jolla Vein Care’s Dr. Bunke completed a clinical study at UCSD along with Dr. Maria Alfaro, MD evaluating the correlation between restless leg syndrome and varicose veins. Eight patients who had restless legs syndrome, and underlying venous insufficiency were study. These patients underwent treatment of their varicose veins either with foam sclerotherapy or endovenous ablation. All patients had either resolution or improvement of their restless legs symptoms, eliminating the need for neurological medications. The impact of this study is that all patients with RLS should be screened for venous disease clinically by their doctors. If they have signs of venous disease such as varicose veins, Dr. Bunke recommend an ultrasound evaluation. ‘If RLS symptoms are related to varicose veins, it is correctable by treating the varicose veins, eliminating the need for pharmacologic therapy in many patients and a better nights sleep,’ says Dr. Bunke.
A reminder that Rejuvahealth, our favorite brand for designer compression socks and stockings, engineered to reduce the symptoms of venous disease, varicose veins, and swelling are on sale on Zulilly.com until tomorrow September 11th. They can also be found at compressrx.com.
In today’s issue of the Union Tribune San Diego, September 9, 2014, journalist Erinn Hutkin highlights the advances in varicose vein treatments in her article in the Health Section, titled, ‘New Procedure For Treating Varicose Veins Less Invasive.‘
The article discuss the advances in varicose vein treatments with La Jolla Vein Care’s Dr. Bunke. Dr. Bunke explains the different treatment types, the lack of need for surgery and how far advances in vein medicine have become. During the Pick up a copy of today’s Union Tribune to read the entire article. More information can be found in today’s Union Tribune.
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Varicose veins, which are the bulging, twisted veins just beneath the surface of the skin, can cause symptoms such as leg heaviness, aching, tiredness, swelling, fatigue, throbbing, burning, restless legs and night cramps. Fortunately, there are a number of non-invasive treatment options to remove them without surgery. The doctors at La Jolla Vein Care have specialized in non-surgical vein removal for several years and thousands of non-surgical vein procedures have been successfully performed at La Jolla Vein Care. See more before and after pictures, on the ‘results’ page.
Complications of Varicose Veins #6: Darkening of the Skin Around the Ankles
Untreated varicose veins and underlying venous insufficiency can cause changes of the skin, including darkening of the skin. We call this skin hyperpigmentation. This usually occurs in the inner ankle and can worsen to involve the lower portion of the leg as shown in the picture. Over time, the skin becomes firm, dry, eczema like and can even break open, causing a venous leg ulcer. When the skin becomes darker as a result of a vein problem, this is referred to as chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). This can be prevented by addressing the underlying venous insufficiency and varicose veins early on.
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