Vein disease is ten times more common than peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Peripheral arterial disease is due to atherosclerosis where there is insufficient oxygenated blood flow causing leg cramping and tissue loss. Although PAD generates a lot of publicity on television ads and in the news, vein disorders have been neglected until NOW!
An estimated 27 percent of the adult population of the United States has some form of vein disease of the legs. Vein problems become more prevalent with age and can progress to the point of being disabling. As such, they should not be ignored.
The most common problems involving the venous system of the legs include varicose veins, chronic venous insufficiency and deep vein thrombosis (deep vein clots).
Market research indicates that over 2 million workdays are lost annually in the United States and $1.4 billion is spent each year on vein disorders.
Of the 25 million Americans with venous insufficiency, approximately 7 million exhibit serious symptoms such as leg swelling, skin changes and venous leg ulcers.
It is estimated that in America, 72% of women and 42% of men will develop varicose veins by the age of 65. Prevalence is highly correlated to age and sex with women having an increased likelihood of having vein problems in each age group category.
This chapter is from the upcoming book "Doctor, Tell Me More About Vein Disorders" by Hratch L Karamanoukian, MD and Raffy L Karamanoukian, MD
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