MedWest Haywood to hold a free tired leg/varicose vein educational program

Those with leg pain and other vein problems are encouraged to attend
Mar 24, 2014

MedWest Haywood is holding a free tired leg/ varicose vein educational program on April 1, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the MedWest Haywood Outpatient Care Center located at 581 Leroy George Dr. in Clyde.

Interested community members are asked to register for this session by calling 828-452-VEIN (8346).

The event is aimed at educating anyone in the community who may be suffering from:

· Aching, cramping or burning pain in the legs

· Varicose veins

· Restless legs

· Discoloration or skin changes in the legs

· Numbness or tingling in the legs

· Pain in their legs after activities such as grocery shopping or a short walk up the stairs.

Over 40 million Americans suffer daily with painful, swollen legs as a result of what is known as venous disease, or problems with veins in the legs. This condition is the result of faulty valves in the veins and is called Venous Insufficiency. Left untreated, this condition only worsens over time.

Heredity is the number one risk factor for venous disease. If someone’s parents had varicose veins, that person has an 89% chance of developing them. Next to heredity is gender. Women, especially those that have had multiple pregnancies, are three times more likely than men to develop venous disorders. Additionally, professions that require long periods of sitting or standing, increase one’s risk for venous disease. Age is also a risk factor. While older people are at a higher risk for venous disease, it can start as early as childhood.