Quiz – All In Vein

Our veins have valves that keep blood moving forward to the heart. When the valves do not function properly, the blood can pool in the vein and cause it to enlarge. The unsightly result is varicose veins. Take this quiz to learn more and see if the problems caused by this condition are more than cosmetic:

1. Varicose veins tend to occur in the forearms and affect mostly men.
A. True
B. False

2. One cause of varicose veins is:
A. Defective valves from birth
B. Pregnancy
C. Inflammation of a vein caused by a blood clot
D. Increased pressure in the abdomen
E. All of the above.

3. Treatment for varicose veins is usually conservative.
A. True
B. False

4. Which of the following is NOT a symptom of varicose veins?
A. Fullness, heaviness, aching, and sometimes pain in the legs
B. Visible, enlarged veins
C. Mild swelling of ankles
D. Higher blood pressure
E. Brown discoloration of the skin at the ankles

5. Varicose veins tend to get worse over time.
A. True
B. False

Answers:

1. B. False. This process usually occurs in the veins of the legs, although it may occur elsewhere. Varicose veins are common but affect mostly women.
2. E. All of the above. Standing for a long time may make the condition worse.
3. A. True. Patients will be asked to avoid excessive standing, raise their legs when resting or sleeping, and wear elastic support hose.
4. D. Higher blood pressure is not a symptom. A symptom that is seen in severe cases is skin ulcers near the ankle.
5. A. True. However, sufferers can ease discomfort and slow varicose vein progression with self-care, such as keeping the legs elevated and avoiding excessive standing. 
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