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Five Facts Everyone Should Know About Varicose Veins

Varicose veins can be caused be weakened valves in the veins or weakened walls of the veins, or by inflammation in the veins (phlebitis).

Pesky, puffy and sometimes painful, varicose veins affect half of all Americans over the age of 50. For the most part, they don’t cause medical problems; but when they do, there are many treatment options.

However, a growing number of insurance companies now require members to have their venous treatment procedures at vein centers that have been accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).

The Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery in the CardioVascular Institute (CVI) at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is home to one of these accredited vein centers. It’s one of the few groups in the Boston area to gain recognition and accreditation by meeting or exceeding the IAC’s high standards for quality and safety.

Varicose veins can be much more than a cosmetic issue. read more at


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