Many people think that the terms "varicose veins" and "vascular disease" are interchangeable. However, that's not the case. As a recent article summarizing vascular disease points out, the most common disease of the veins is varicose veins but there are many other types of vascular disease as well. In fact, when doctors talk about vascular disease, they are typically referring to diseases of the arteries that may be unrelated to varicose veins.
The two types of vascular disease that are of most concern are atherosclerosis and peripheral arterial disease. These are typically associated with clogs and clots of specific arteries. The relationship that these diseases have with varicose veins is that varicose veins may be a symptom of a larger problem such as one of these vascular diseases. However, the presence of varicose veins does not immediately imply that a patient has one of these more serious problems. In other words, the two terms are related to one another but are not interchangeable nor are they affiliated in a cause-and-effect manner. Your vein treatment doctor can provide you with more information.
Question of the Day: Would you be concerned that your varicose veins could be a symptom of a bigger vascular problem?