CHICAGO. (Ivanhoe Newswire) – More than 40-million people in the U.S. have varicose veins. And contrary to popular belief, it’s not just your grandma’s problem. The swollen, twisted veins can strike anyone at any age and, it can lead to serious medical issues.
At age 29, Andreas Garcia doesn’t fit the profile for someone with varicose veins.
Garcia told Ivanhoe, “Never thought of it. It was just, oh my grandma had it. Okay, all old people have it. So it never really occurred that it would happen to me.”
His first symptoms began at age 25 when his legs became tired, achy and heavy, but he didn’t think much of it until they started to swell.
“My leg just started getting bigger and bigger, and then pain,” he explained. Garcia is not alone. Of the 40-million people in the U.S. who have varicose veins, 25 percent of them are men.
It’s not a small problem. This is actually a very, very common problem. And one that’s not just cosmetic. Garcia’s veins got so bad he developed ulcers on both legs.
Garcia explained, “It looked like raw meat. It would secrete puss and blood sometimes.”
That’s when he took action and met with doctors for surgery.
In the legs, blood flow should be from the feet towards the head. But in Garcia since his saphenous vein is not working, the blood flow is actually going down the leg or “refluxing.”
Doctors first treated Garcia’s wounds and then used lasers to remove and seal shut the varicose veins. They can actually improve the overall circulation by sealing that vein off. It’s a quick, noninvasive surgery that put Garcia back on his feet again.
Garcia had the veins on his left side removed and is getting ready to have surgery on the right side. He’s not sure why he developed them, but statistics show if both of your parents have varicose veins; you have a 90 percent chance of developing them. If one parent is affected, you have a 40 to 50 percent chance of developing them.
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