Two-thirds of Canadian women are unaware common leg complaint can point to a progressive health issue
New poll reveals almost three-quarters of women have experienced at least one symptom associated with chronic venous disease, but only half with symptoms have spoken to their doctor1
LAVAL, QC, Oct. 30, 2018 /CNW/ - A new survey by Leger reveals as many as two-thirds of Canadian women are unaware that varicose veins can be a sign of underlying chronic venous disease,2 a progressive condition caused by poor blood circulation in the legs.3,4
A fifth of the Canadian adult population suffers from varicose veins and 60 per cent of those affected are women.5 Varicose veins often appear as prominent or bulging blue protrusions under the skin of the leg, while other less visible symptoms include a feeling of heaviness, in addition to swelling, itching and pain in the legs.6
The online survey of 1004 Canadian women aged 35-60, revealed that, despite their symptoms, almost half of women (49%) believe varicose veins to be a natural part of aging, while only one-third associated varicose veins with a medical chronic condition.7
Chronic venous disease is a progressive condition of the legs that causes vein walls and/or valves to become inflamed and stop working effectively, making it difficult for blood to return to the heart from the legs.8 Signs and symptoms range from a sensation of heavy and/or painful legs, night cramps, edema or ulcers, spider and varicose veins.9
"I frequently encounter patients who believe varicose veins are a purely cosmetic condition, and who do not understand their potential underlying cause," says Dr. Beverley Chan, Vascular surgeon at Oakville Vascular. "It's important that people recognize varicose veins are not simply a result of aging, but could be a sign of chronic venous disease, a condition that can result in disabling physical and psychological pain."
Despite revealing that only 11 per cent of women are aware of the disease, the poll showed almost three quarters of those polled (70%) have experienced at least one symptom.10 In particular, more than 80 per cent with varicose veins also report having experienced at least one other symptom, including aching legs, painful legs, night cramps, heavy legs or itchy legs.11
The survey also reported that over half of women with symptoms of chronic venous disease felt they were not serious enough to speak to their doctor about.12 When asked what would prompt a visit to the doctor's office, the majority of women (41%) answered pain.13
"All too often I see patients suffer from uncomfortable and painful symptoms associated with this condition, which can impact daily activities like taking a shower, walking or driving affecting overall quality of life," says Dr. Beverley Chan, Vascular surgeon at Oakville Vascular.
"The good news is that there are treatment options, including over-the-counter medications that address the venous inflammation and loss of venous tone, which helps relieves the signs and symptoms of mild-to-moderate chronic venous disease."
There are several options to help treat the signs of varicose veins and chronic venous disease, including over-the-counter medications, lifestyle changes and compression stockings, other treatments include vein stripping, endovenous procedures and sclerotherapy.14
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1 Leger 2018, Servier, Chronic Venous Disease Report, pp 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 15. (On File)
2 Leger 2018, Servier, Chronic Venous Disease Report, pp 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 15. (On File)
3 Bergan JJ, et al. Chronic Venous disease. N Eng J Med. 2006;355:488-498.
4 Bergan JJ, et al. Pathogenesis of primary chronic disease. J Vasc Surg. 2008;47(1):183-192.
5 Canadian Society for Vascular Surgery. Varicose Veins. Accessed September 17, 2018. Available at: https://canadianvascular.ca/Varicose-Veins
6 Canadian Society for Vascular Surgery. Varicose Veins. Accessed September 17, 2018. Available at: https://canadianvascular.ca/Varicose-Veins
7 Leger 2018, Servier, Chronic Venous Disease Report, pp 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 15. (On File)
8 Cleveland Clinic. Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI): Overview. Accessed on September 13, 2018. Available at: https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/16872-chronic-venous-insufficiency-cvi
9 SERVIER CANADA INC. Venixxa Product Insert. Accessed September 5, 2018. Available at : https://www.servier.ca/sites/default/files/webform/Venixxa%20Product%20Insert_CVD_EN_r.pdf?ts=1510420330
10 Leger 2018, Servier, Chronic Venous Disease Report, pp 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 15. (On File)
11 Leger 2018, Servier, Chronic Venous Disease Report, pp 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 15. (On File)
12 Leger 2018, Servier, Chronic Venous Disease Report, pp 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 15. (On File)
13 Leger 2018, Servier, Chronic Venous Disease Report, pp 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 15. (On File)
14 Canadian Society for Vascular Surgery. Varicose Veins. Accessed August 22, 2018. Available at: https://canadianvascular.ca/Varicose-Veins
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