Yes, in some people, varicose veins can cause serious health complications. 50% of all Americans have varicose veins, and two-thirds of women over the age of 60 have them. Other than an unsightly appearance, some people have no other symptoms. Many experience aching pain, throbbing, swelling and fatigue, however in some cases, varicose veins can lead to serious health complications such as sores or skin ulcers that are painful and hard to heal, bleeding, superficial thrombophlebitis (blood clot formation in a vein just under the skin), or deep vein thrombosis (formation of a blood clot in the deep veins that can be fatal if it travels to the lungs). If you are concerned about your problematic varicose veins, call us for a free vein screening.