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Study reveals that 7% of Indians suffer from varicose veins

Does your job profile require long hours of standing? If yes, then you might be at a risk of varicose veins.

Written by Agencies |Updated : May 11, 2015 5:46 PM IST

A survey conducted by a premier healthcare provider in Mumbai revealed that more than seven percent of the adults in India suffer from varicose veins. Wondering what is it? Varicose veins is a disease in which the veins become abnormally thick, enlarged and full of twists and turns. Older people, pregnant women and family history are some of the risk factors of varicose veins. However, the survey conducted by the Wockhardt Hospital revealed that work that requires standing for long duration causes varicose veins. Besides, it was also found that this occurs commonly in the veins of legs and thighs. Read about varicose veins could you be at risk?

What the expert had to say?

Varicose veins affect those who stand for long hours, such as teachers, traffic policemen, sales people and others. If varicose veins are not treated early, there can be complications leading to chronic venous insufficiency, said Vimal Someshwar, director of Interventional Radiology Department at Wockhardt hospital.

Speaking on the issue, Someshwar also said that treatment is not easy as people ignore it considering the disease as a cosmetic problem and fail to diagnose it. Worldwide, superficial venous disease is more common in women as compared to men. Wockhardt Hospital on Sunday also organised a Varicose Veins screening checkup for the Mumbai police personnel especially for its traffic department.

What you need to know about the study

More than 100 city police personnel underwent Varicose Veins screening and it was found that at least five percent of them were suffering from the condition. Even though the disease is not life-threatening, it can be debilitating if not treated properly. The 15-20 percent of people, who have visible varicose veins is lucky because they can see the problem. However, more worrying are the hidden kind of Venous diseases, he said adding that if the disease is ignored for a long time then it may require surgery in most cases. Here are 7 home remedies to beat varicose veins.

Emphasising on the latest techniques used in the treatment of varicose veins, endo-venous laser therapy (ELVT) is a minimally invasive, short procedure requiring local anaesthesia with a day care admission and patients can return to work quickly after the treatment, he added.

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