Why varicose veins are more than skin deep

Large study points to a significant association with vascular disease
varicose veins

A study of almost half a million people shows varicose veins are a significant risk factor for deep vein thrombosis (DVT), and, to a lesser extent, pulmonary embolism (PE) and peripheral artery disease (PAD).

The findings, published in JAMA, support an earlier German study that showed a seven-fold higher prevalence of DVT in 2357 patients with varicose veins.