Varicose veins affect nearly half the U.S. adult population. With so many people looking for answers, there are plenty of opinions about how and why vein disease develops and the best treatment options available. If you are one of the millions of varicose vein sufferers, one vein expert says it’s important to keep these four facts in mind.
1. It’s a disease that doesn’t discriminate
The American Society for Vascular Surgery estimates 40 million Americans have varicose veins; at least 17 percent are men and about 5 percent of all cases involve patients in their late teens or early 20s. And let’s not forget that more and more celebrities are opening up about vein disease – Britney Spears, Emma Thompson and Kristin Davis, to name a few.
“I’ve been in the field for 20 years and in that time the age of the patients we see has steadily dropped. On any given day we might see people between 20 and 70 years old with vein disease,” said Nick Morrison, a world-renowned phlebologist and founder of Morrison Vein Institute in Scottsdale, Ariz. READ MORE…