Myths About Veins

Much of the “information” available about varicose veins in books, newspapers, magazines and on the internet is based on out-of-date prejudices and myths. Over the last 15 to 20 years, there have been remarkable changes in the understanding of varicose veins and “hidden varicose veins” as well as new methods to treat these conditions.

Research into the causes of varicose veins and the new endovenous treatments for varicose veins and hidden varicose veins has helped us understand the processes that underlie the formation of varicose veins. This in turn has shown us that much of what used to be “known” about varicose veins is in fact wrong and can now be put down as “myths”.

This website identifies many of the common “myths” about varicose veins and gives the up-to-date understanding of each of these erroneous statements.

(NB: Much of the information in this website relates to venous reflux – which is the name given to the condition when blood is allowed to fall the wrong way down veins, due to the valves failing within them. The explanations given here are quite detailed – however, if you wish to understand venous reflux and how it causes varicose veins and the other venous conditions in the legs, then please see The College of Phlebology’s book: “Understanding Venous Reflux – The Cause of Varicose Veins and Venous Leg Ulcers”)