Harvard Heart Letter

Varicose veins: Clues to a deeper problem?

Leg veins that bulge just beneath the skinís surface are linked to a higher risk of deep-vein thrombosis. Varicose veins are gnarled, bluish veins near the surface of the skin, usually on the legs and feet. Most people think of them as mainly a cosmetic problem, although varicose veins can cause a range of unpleasant symptoms, from a heavy, achy feeling in the legs to burning, throbbing, or itching sensations. Now, new…

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