Varicose veins can suddenly rupture, producing significant bleeding. When that happens, seek medical treatment immediately.
Varicose veins generate a slew of symptoms, from swelling and pain to an overall feeling of heaviness in your leg. But did you know that those gnarled, protruding veins can suddenly rupture, leading to severe bleeding?
The bleeding from a ruptured varicose vein can be initially minimal or profuse. Either way, it’s best to get the damaged vein examined as soon as possible by a vein specialist, such as one of our doctors at Center for Vein Restoration (CVR).
What would cause a varicose vein to rupture?
Varicose veins form when valves in the veins struggle to push blood back to the heart. Normally, the valves fight against gravity to push blood upward. When they lose strength, blood backslides and pools in the vein, creating pressure and swelling in what now becomes a varicose vein.
Because veins carry more blood than capillaries, a ruptured vein can cause extensive bleeding. As the varicose vein is already near the skin’s surface, the added pressure causes it to bleed easily from a cut or even a glancing blow. Hot water also dilates veins, which is why your varicose veins may also bleed when you take a shower or bath.
However, bleeding may not always be the first sign of a ruptured varicose vein. You may notice bruises on your leg even if the skin isn’t broken. You may also feel dizzy or faint with significant internal blood loss. Please seek immediate medical attention if you experience symptoms such as excessive bleeding from a varicose vein.
What to do if your varicose vein ruptures
If a varicose vein starts to bleed, you should staunch the bleeding as much as possible before seeking medical treatment in the emergency room or with your doctor. Apply a towel or another clean cloth, and raise your leg to stop the bleeding.
Don’t delay treatment, as waiting for the bleeding to stop may lead to significant blood loss and other medical complications, particularly in patients who take blood thinners.
Even if the bleeding stops quickly, you should have the ruptured vein checked by a vein specialist immediately. A sudden and severe ruptured varicose vein can be upsetting, but treatment is essential to prevent another significant bleeding incident.
Several minimally invasive procedures can destroy the diseased vein and divert blood to healthier veins. Undergoing these outpatient surgeries means you’ll never have to worry about a ruptured varicose vein again.
Vein health equals better health
Because veins are essential in transporting blood throughout your body, good vein health is vital for your overall well-being. The specialists at CVR are experts in vein care. They can address any concerns about your varicose veins and create a tailored treatment plan for you. Contact a CVR location near you today for a consultation.