The noxious chemicals in cigarettes can do serious damage to your veins and arteries, whether you use tobacco products on a day-to-day basis or on occasion. The signs of damage from smoking often shows up in our vein center patients through the development of spider veins or varicose veins. Cigarette smoke releases harmful chemicals that negatively affect all the blood vessels in your body which places you at a higher risk for developing venous disease, venous insufficiency, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), and the potential complication of a pulmonary embolism that can be deadly. Deep vein thrombosis is 50% more likely to occur in a smoker than in a non-smoker according to research studies.
Rethink varicose veins and rethink smoking. If you are suffering with spider veins or varicose veins that seem to keep popping up, you should definitely consider quitting smoking. Quitting can greatly reduce your risk of venous complications and other vascular health issues like varicose veins. If you develop venous disease and it is left untreated, additional health problems can arise and you may subsequently require vascular surgery.