Why varicose veins are more than skin deep

Large study points to a significant association with vascular disease

A study of almost half a million people shows varicose veins are a significant risk factor for deep vein thrombosis (DVT), and, to a lesser extent, pulmonary embolism (PE) and peripheral artery disease (PAD).

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The findings, published in JAMA, support an earlier German study that showed a seven-fold higher prevalence of DVT in 2357 patients with varicose veins.

They also follow a population-based study in Finland that found statistically significant increased odds of arterial disease (PAD), angina pectoris, myocardial infarction and cerebrovascular