Pathophysiology: Varicose veins and spider veins are normal veins that have dilated under the influence of increased venous pressure.
Disease statistics: Changes in veins in the leg are a widespread phenomenon in the German population: only about 10% of Germans show no abnormalities, 59% against at least spider veins and the like. The remaining 30% of the population have more severe symptoms of chronic venous disorders, such as varicose veins, fluid accumulations or venous leg ulcers. Moreover, an estimated one adult in every thousand suffers a thrombosis and more than 7000 Germans die of pulmonary embolism every year.
Treatment: If treatment is necessary, you may first recommend up to six months of self-care at home, including: • using compression stockings • taking regular exercise • avoiding standing up for long periods • elevating the affected area when resting.
Research: Translation and validation of the Dutch VEINES-QOL/Sym in varicose vein patients.