Heart Disease

Can varicose veins lead to heart disease?

Can varicose veins lead to heart disease?

The appearance of thick, twisty varicose veins can be a bit scary. It is normal to wonder if the protruding veins are a sign of a potential cardiac concern.

How do varicose veins affect the heart and cardiovascular system? Can varicose veins cause heart problems?

While the presence of varicose veins indicates a problem with moving blood back to the heart for oxygenation, generally a diagnosis of varicose veins does not put you at a higher risk for cardiac issues. Heart disease and poor circulation are related to the arterial system while the venous system is linked to varicose veins.

However, in some cases, the venous system can be affected by a cardiac issue. For...

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