Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Are there age restrictions for endovenous laser ablation treatment?

Treatment for most stages of vein disease can be performed on patients in their teens or in their nineties. Most people who possess motility—the ability to walk—are eligible for treatment. A thorough health history and physical exam should always be performed before any treatment.

It is worth noting, however, that aging is one of the leading risk factors for the development of vein issues. As people age, vein issues become more prevalent. Small problems that started earlier, often progress into larger ones. A decrease in the body’s production of collagen causes veins to become less elastic and more likely to “leak,” especially superficial veins. This is why there’s an increase of varicose veins in the elderly population.

Although seniors have a fifty percent greater chance of suffering from venous insufficiency, there is no research to suggest that their success rates after venous treatment are different from the their younger peers. It’s never too late to take charge of your health and feel better.

For more information about Dr. Cindy Asbjornsen, founder of the Vein Healthcare Center in South Portand, Maine, click here.

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