Devils Lake Journal

September 24, 2014 9:39 PM

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Devils Lake Journal

Your grandmother had them. Then they passed on to your mother. Now you have them. We aren’t talking about a precious family heirloom or a wedding dress. We are talking about a very real disease that causes debilitating leg cramps, disfiguring veins that are painful and occasionally bleed, and severe leg swelling that prevents you from fitting into your favorite shoes by the afternoon. In particularly bad cases, severe ulcers can form on the legs that can lead to amputation. And men can get them too!

Varicose veins are the result of years of untreated venous disease. Arteries carry blood from the heart to the rest of the body, while veins carry that blood back to the heart. At any given time, nearly 80% of the blood in the body is found in the veins. Years of being on one’s feet can lead to the ...

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