Rethink Varicose Veins is a sponsored campaign with The Motherhood. All opinions 100% my own.
A few years back I had noticed bluish/purple veins in the back’s of my knees. I wasn’t too worried as my dad has some dark protruding veins so I just figured it was genetic. Recently, I started believing I may have varicose veins, but in my mind varicose veins only affected the elderly, not someone young like me. I didn’t research so wasn’t sure.
I’m now going to seek treatment after attending the Rethink Varicose Veins online webinar a few days ago with Summer Sanders and Dr. Julianne Stoughton, a board-certified vascular surgeon and runs the Vein Center at Massachusetts General Hospital and is an instructor at Harvard Medical School.
Rethink Varicose Veins is a national education campaign that encourages the 30 million Americans that suffer from varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) to learn more about their condition and seek proper diagnosis and treatment, allowing for a healthy, more active life.
Anyone, can get varicose veins, just like Summer Sanders, U.S. Olympic Gold medalist, TV correspondent, blogger and a busy mom of two learned in 2012 after having minimally-invasive treatment as she could not tolerate the leg pain any longer. She and 30 million people suffer from varicose veins or chronic venous insufficiency (CVI).
After speculating if my veins were varicose veins this webinar opened my eyes. I believe what I have are spider veins, as they appear as a nest of blue or red veins, just under the surface of my skin, and do not bulge. This has given me some relief as I know varicose veins are a sign of venous disease and should be treated to avoid progression to CVI.
Did you know that of those 30 million who suffer less than 10% seek medical diagnosis and treatment? That is such a small percentage which means…
It’s time to Rethink!
• When we think health, we seldom think about our legs
• When we think about aches and pains, we often assume it’s just part of aging
• When we think about varicose veins, we often think it’s a cosmetic issue
The Connection Between Varicose Veins + CVI
• Varicose veins are one of the first signs of CVI
• If left untreated, CVI can progress to worsening stages over time
• Common CVI symptoms include:
-Pain, aching, heaviness
-Swelling of the legs
-Restlessness and fatigue of the legs
Who’s At Risk?
• Prolonged Standing
• Excess Weight
• Age (50+)
• Family History
• Women are 2-to-3 times more likely than men to develop varicose veins, primarily due to pregnancy
If you think you may be one of the 30 million that suffer from venous disease, do not leave it untreated as symptoms can worsen. Getting a diagnosis can halt the progression, and there are many treatment options.
Below are Common Facts About Varicose Veins
•Varicose veins are not just a cosmetic issue and are better treated at an earlier stage to prevent progression into CVI
•Spider veins are not the same thing as varicose veins and require a different form of treatment
•Genetics, pregnancy and age are common factors in the development of varicose veins or CVI
•Men are at risk for developing varicose veins, too. It isn’t just a woman’s issue.
•Treatments for varicose veins and CVI are usually covered by insurance
•Compression stockings and elevation of the feet are NOT cures for varicose veins
•Most treatments are minimally-invasive, allowing for a short, comfortable recovery and a quick return to normal activities
Visit Rethink Varicose Veins to take the self-assessment test, find doctors, learn more about Summer’s story and more.
Follow Varicose Veins on Facebook and Twitter @RethinkVaricose and @SummerSanders to get the latest campaign news.
Enter to Win a Spa Trip!
When you take the short self-assessment test, you will automatically be entered to win an all-expense paid trip for two to the Escape with MORE Magazine event at Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa in Tucson (November 14-17)
• During this exclusive, 4-day girl’s getaway the winner and a friend will be pampered with daily spa treatments and yoga and meditation classes, and can participate in health and wellness seminars led by MORE editors and special guest speakers
Rethink Varicose Veins Twitter Party
#Rethink Varicose Twitter Party Details
What: More than 30 million Americans suffer from varicose veins or chronic venous insufficiency (CVI).*,**
Because there is a prevailing misconception that varicose veins are a cosmetic issue, only 10 percent of people who suffer from vein disease actually seek treatment.*** That’s why we’re getting together to share knowledge and break myths about this common, yet serious condition!
Rethink Varicose Veins is a campaign that encourages individuals to think differently about varicose veins and understand that if left untreated, they can progress to a more serious form of venous disease known as CVI.
Summer Sanders, U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist, television correspondent, blogger and busy mother-of-two will be sharing her personal experience with vein disease, how she treated the condition head-on and her role in the Rethink Varicose Veins campaign.
Join this party to learn about the signs, symptoms and risk factors of varicose veins and CVI and latest minimally-invasice treatment options available.
Trivia questions will be asked throughout the Twitter Party and five lucky winners who answer the questions correctly will receive a $50 VISA gift card from The Motherhood.
When: Thursday, July 18 at 2 p.m. ET (the party will last one hour)
Where: We’ll be on Twitter – follow the #RethinkVaricose hashtag to track the conversation. You can see the details and RSVP via this Twtvite: http://twtvite.com/rethinkvaricose
Prizes: We will be giving away five $50 VISA gift cards
Hosts: @theMotherhood, @CooperMunroe, @EmilyMcKhann and @SummerSanders_
Rethink Varicose Veins website - http://www.rethinkvaricoseveins.com
Twitter - https://twitter.com/RethinkVaricose
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