You’ve probably read about varicose veins and spider veins but aren’t sure if the information is true or false. Test your knowledge by taking VEINatlanta’s pop quiz.


1. Varicose veins are solely a cosmetic issue.

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Varicose veins can lead to serious medical issues because they signal that blood is not flowing properly, a condition called venous insufficiency. They can be annoying and sometimes debilitating with symptoms such as pain, swelling and night cramps which can impact your quality of life. This one’s definitely FALSE.

2. Vein treatment is painful, and recovery is long.

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Also FALSE. VEINatlanta uses the latest treatment options. We can treat you using local anesthesia in our office. You’ll be back at work, walking and driving the same day.

3. Vein treatment is covered by insurance.

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This one’s TRUE. Most treatments are covered by insurance. VEINatlanta will submit the treatment plan to your insurance carrier for pre-authorization before treatment begins. Based on your benefits, we will calculate your estimated out-of-pocket expense and send you the information in a letter.

4. Spider veins and varicose veins are the same thing.

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A vein is a vein, right? FALSE. Varicose veins are large, protruding vessels that are blue, bluish green, purple or sometimes colorless. Spider veins are small and thin, and can appear red, blue or purple.

5. Varicose and spider veins often come back after treatment.

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FALSE. With proper treatment, your body will absorb spider veins, never to reappear again. Many times, it takes several treatment sessions to get spider veins to disappear, and some spider veins can be stubbornly difficult to treat. If you’re prone to spider veins, you may develop new ones near the treated area. It may look like they’ve come back, but they are actually different spider veins. Same goes for varicose veins. VEINatlanta uses minimally invasive techniques which have a 97% success rate. That means you can say “buh-bye” to varicose veins and “hello” to healthy-looking legs. Of course, in an area that was not treated, there is a chance different varicose veins can develop over time.

6. Women can seek vein consultation while pregnant.

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TRUE, you can seek a consultation at any stage of your pregnancy. Pregnancy puts a lot of stress on leg and vulvar veins. If a woman develops leg pain, swelling, leg cramps, bulging vein or phlebitis (vein inflammation) during pregnancy, a good vein doctor may be able to alleviate some of the symptoms with conservative measures. Any procedural treatment would have to wait until after delivery.

7. Women should not seek treatment until they're done having children.

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Aren’t you glad this one’s FALSE? Pregnancy often exacerbates varicose veins and venous reflux, and typically the varicose vein and vein symptoms get worse with each pregnancy. That’s why VEINatlanta recommends women get vein treatment before their next pregnancy. Nip it early, and your next pregnancy will be way more comfortable.

8. You can get varicose veins by crossing your legs.

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This old-wives’ tale spun into a national movement when a dietary supplement company kicked off the Great American Cross-out campaign in 1999. The initiative claimed women who crossed their legs developed varicose veins. Truth is, your chances of developing varicose veins are higher if one or both of your parents has them. Other risk factors include smoking, lack of exercise, high blood pressure, pregnancy, being overweight or obese and standing for long periods of time. Keeping your legs uncrossed will not prevent or improve varicose veins. FALSE.

9. Exercise, especially running, helps varicose veins.

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While exercise is good for your overall health, it neither helps nor causes varicose veins, spider veins or venous insufficiency. Walking does help keep the leg muscles pumping venous blood back to the heart, and sedentary jobs and lifestyles can cause blood to pool in the legs. That’s why we encourage people who stand for a living like teachers, chefs and hairstylists to get moving and wear compression stockings. TRUE AND FALSE—TRICK QUESTION!

10. Only women get varicose veins.

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If only guys were so lucky. While women develop varicose more often, men get them, too. About 30 million Americans (male and female) have venous insufficiency, the underlying cause of varicose veins. In fact, 20% of VEINatlanta patients are men. Undeniably FALSE and one more reason to call VEINatlanta today.