All about Varicose Veins - Public Information Seminar Trim, Co Meath
A free and interactive seminar entitled all about Varicose Vines will be hosted by the Bon Secours Hospital Dublin in the Knightsbrook Hotel, Trim Co Meath on Thursday 28th February at 7pm (Registration from 6.30pm).
Although most people know and recognise varicose veins, very few understand the underlying cause and the current treatments available for the condition. Open to the general public, the seminar will provide a perfect opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about this condition which affects approximately 40% of women and 25% of men in Ireland, to interface directly with some of the country’s leading Vascular Surgeons.
Varicose veins are enlarged veins which occur when the valves in the veins carrying blood from the legs towards the heart no longer function, causing blood to pool in the legs. They typically appear as bulging rope-like cords on thighs or lower legs. Sufferers often experience pain, burning sensation, tiredness or leg swelling which usually becomes worse at the end of the day and on occasions severe discomfort for sufferers when travelling or driving for long periods of time.
Family history is one of the most prevalent predictors of varicose veins but other risks include lifestyle (eg prolonged standing) and diet. It is believed that a diet high in fat and refined sugar and low in fibre may also be a contributory factor.
For most people, varicose veins do not present a serious health problem, but for some there is the potential for higher risks including non healing wounds and Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). ‘
"Varicose veins are very common" says Mr Peter Naughton Consultant Vascular Surgeon at the Bon Secours, "but they can have serious health implications and effects on the sufferer’s quality of life. In general we tend to see more women addressing the issue of varicose veins but we would encourage men to get seen to also. New treatments are less invasive and recovery times are significantly reduced allowing patients to resume normal activity and work soon after surgery"
It is important for the general public to know about the new and effective non-invasive treatments that are now available for the treatment of varicose veins and how to avoid the risks associated with them. This education event will be the perfect opportunity to learn more about these, to speak directly with 2 of our Consultant Vascular Surgeon team in the Bon Secours Hospital Dublin.
Places are limited so please book in advance.