Dr. Navarro describes if varicose veins are ever a fatal diagnosis.
No, varicose veins cannot be fatal. Varicose veins is a disease that progresses very slowly. It takes a few years. First, it’s only unsightly. Then after a few years, you develop some symptoms, and after a few years, 10, 15, 20, you will develop some complications; ankle swelling, skin changes, dermatitis, cellulitis, and then ulceration, and the veins may also bleed in the late stages.
Now, of course, if you are in bed sleeping and varicose veins ruptures, conceptually it could become fatal, but that’s something that maybe happens a few times only every hundred years.
About Dr. Navarro, M.D., F.A.C.S.:
Luis Navarro, M.D., F.A.C.S., is the Founder and Medical Director of The Vein Treatment Center, established in 1982. Dr. Navarro is a General Surgeon, originally board certified in 1976. He is also a senior Clinical Instructor of Surgery at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, where he was Chief Surgical Resident. Dr. Navarro graduated cum laude from the University of Barcelona Medical School in his native Spain. He is affiliated with Beth Israel Medical Center and Lenox Hill Hospital. Dr. Navarro is a Diplomate of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American College of Phlebology, International Union of Phlebology, Canadian Society of Phlebology, American Society of Laser Medicine, and numerous other venous-related societies.