Fact or Fiction: Ultimate Varicose Veins
by Staff
Varicose veins probably conjure visions of old women with gnarled legs wearing support hose and sensible shoes. But what exactly are varicose veins? Take our quiz and test your knowledge of this common condition.

Are varicose veins painful?

  • yes
  • no
  • sometimes

Varicose veins start because of problems in your _______.

  • blood valves
  • heart
  • leg muscles
  • veins
  • kidneys

Simple laser therapy has proven effective for treatment of small varicose veins. What kind of laser therapy is the best new treatment for larger varicose veins?

  • cold
  • focused
  • endovenous
  • infrared
  • hemotherapy

Are varicose veins only in the legs and feet?

  • yes
  • no

If you have varicose veins, are you at higher risk of other circulatory problems?

  • yes
  • no

Why are varicose veins blue?

  • because the blood has stopped moving
  • because the blood is deoxygenated
  • because that's how blood appears when viewed through the skin

If you develop varicose veins during pregnancy, should they go away on their own?

  • yes
  • no

Why do women get varicose veins so much more than men?

  • because of hormonal changes
  • because they have thicker blood
  • because their blood circulates more slowly
  • because more of their body fat is distributed in the legs

What's the common, mild form of varicose veins called?

  • rose veins
  • snake veins
  • spider veins
  • branch veins
  • grasshopper veins

Are hemorrhoids a type of varicose vein?

  • yes
  • no