Takeaways from Dr. Rheudasil’s Vein Live Chat

Varicose Vein ChatThanks to everyone who joined us Tuesday, April 14 for the live online chat entitled “What causes varicose veins or spider veins?,” hosted by Emory Vein Center physician J. Mark Rheudasil, MD.

While it’s important to look your best, it’s also important to feel your best. Males, females, the young and the old. Varicose veins can affect anyone. So have you ever wondered what causes those unsightly bulges and twists to appear on your legs? Check out the conversation by viewing the chat transcript! Here are just a few highlights from the chat:

Question: How helpful are compression stockings for preventing and/or slowing down development of varicose veins?

Mark Rheudasil, MDDr. Rheudasil: Great question! Compression stockings are helpful in minimizing the progression of varicose veins. They do not in most cases, however, prevent varicose veins from developing. They are helpful in reducing the symptoms associated with varicose veins. I recently published a blog on this very topic. You can check it out here.


Question: I am 4 months pregnant with my first child. My mother has warned me about the spider veins she developed when carrying my brother and me. Is there anything I can do now to lessen my risk for spider veins during and after pregnancy?

Mark Rheudasil, MDDr. Rheudasil: Compression stockings or support hose and frequent leg elevation during pregnancy are the mainstays of treatment. Veins may well worsen during pregnancy and may require prescription stockings. While we usually try to avoid vein treatment during pregnancy, we can help you get in the correct stockings and advise regarding symptom relief, etc . Feel free to call 404-778-VEIN to make an appointment.

Question: For several months, I have had pretty bad pain my my legs and sometimes they even swell. I haven’t talked to my doctor about it yet. Should I start with my PCP or see a vascular surgeon to determine the cause?

Mark Rheudasil, MDDr. Rheudasil: Good question, Junior. If you don’t have obvious/visible varicose veins, then swelling could be from multiple sources. A general medical evaluation by your PCP would be a great place to start.


Question: I am 22 and have spider veins. They are not lumpy but are very obvious. They are on the backs of my legs and mainly on the left leg. I am so worried that because I am only 22 they are going to get really bad. Am I too young to seek treatment?

Mark Rheudasil, MDDr. Rheudasil: You’re never too young to be evaluated for veins that bother you. We’re happy to see you and make recommendations for treatment! Here’s our online appointment request form.


If you missed this chat, be sure to check out the full list of questions and answers on the web transcript. For more information or to request an appointment with a vascular surgeon, visit emoryhealthcare.org/veincenter.

If you have additional questions for Dr. Rheudasil, feel free to leave a comment in our comments area below.




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