How Are Blood Clots and Varicose Veins Related?

The flow of blood throughout the body is an essential and delicate system responsible for nourishing tissues from head to toe. Any threat to regular blood flow has the potential to disrupt normal activities, cause pain, or create critical health issues. The formation and presence of blood clots is one of these widely recognized threats.


Veins are an important part of the blood circulatory system. These major vessels carry blood toward the heart. Veins contain valves along the inner walls, which regulate blood flow in one direction and prevent backflow. When veins lose integrity and the valves fail, blood can collect and pool, swelling the vessel. These are called varicose veins and they can cause pain and major health issues.

Varicose veins most commonly occur in the legs. The upward flow of blood from the feet to the heart is a long journey, which typically must compete against the forces of gravity. This workload can cause an eventual breakdown of the venous structure, leading to swelling, twisting, and discoloration of the veins.

When valves fail to regulate the flow of blood, it can begin to collect and settle. This pooling can cause blood clots, further impeding the regular process and flow of blood. These blood clots can be painful and have the potential to lead to further health complications.


While these conditions can occur in anyone, occupations which require extended periods of standing are most susceptible. Nurses, teachers, hospitality workers, first responders, and factory workers are among the most commonly afflicted. Hormonal changes and certain medical conditions can also increase prospects, with pregnant women at high risk.

The formation of a blood clot is known as thrombosis. Thrombophlebitis is an inflammation causing a blood clot to form and the subsequent blockage of a vein. Varicose veins are one of many possible conditions in which blood clots can form. While varicose veins are one of the most common occurrences, blood clots can form deep within a muscle, in a serious condition known as deep vein thrombosis.

As varicose veins usually occur near the surface of the skin, many consider them unsightly. Beyond the cosmetic aspect, untreated varicose veins can cause serious pain and lead to other medical issues. In today’s medically advanced era, the treatment of varicose veins is a relatively common procedure, often on an outpatient basis.

Now that you understand the relationship and danger of blood clots and varicose veins, you are urged to seek treatment if you suspect that you are experiencing any of these conditions. Please consult a medical professional today.

Free vein screenings are available at Empire Vein Specialists for patients in Inland Empire, Riverside, San Bernardino, Moreno Valley, and surrounding areas of California. Contact us today for an appointment in those areas or to inquire about other Southern California locations.