Spontaneous Bleeding/ Hemorrhage from Veins

Causes of Spontaneous Bleeding

Spontaneous bleeding is an unpleasant and often unexpected occurrence for those who suffer from varicose veins. Bleeding can occur with or without an injury because the veins are so close to the surface and the skin is sometimes thin and easily broken. The veins most at risk of rupture are those around the ankle and feet, and this is most likely to occur after a shower.

Bleeding is a troubling symptom for several reasons. The pressure within the veins is already quite high due to gravity and the failure of the valves that have led to vein disease in the first place. Due to this increased pressure, when the vein ruptures the blood may squirt out in a dramatic fashion, frightening the patient. While these bleeding veins are somewhat uncommon and unlikely to be life-threatening, bleeding should always be taken seriously and treated promptly.

What Should I Do if I Experience Spontaneous Bleeding

If you experience a ruptured varicose vein, apply constant pressure over the bleeding site with a cloth or bandage and elevate the leg higher than the heart. Compression stockings can be used to assist with added, steady pressure on the wound. Should the leg continues to bleed, please seek immediate medical assistance.

If you have already had an episode of bleeding from a superficial vein then statistically your risk for a future bleed is very high unless you have your underlying venous disease treated. So in this situation, we recommend you get a formal venous evaluation with ultrasound to identify the veins responsible for the bleeding.

What Treatments are Available?

Once the veins with high venous pressure are identified, Dr. Gardner will recommend a personalized treatment plan to address the problem veins. He may recommend several different treatment options, including endovenous laser ablation, microphlebectomy, and sclerotherapy. Bleeding should not recur in a vein that has been properly treated with modern treatment methods.

Schedule a Consultation

Related News

Why Ultrasound Therapy is Vital for Detecting and Treating Vein Disease

Ultrasound procedures typically bring to mind images of expectant parents marveling at the tiny heartbeat of their unborn child. Or, later, discovering whether they will welcome a baby boy or girl ...

Read more

Chattanooga Marathon 2018 Recap

Four thousand runners hit the streets for the 3rd Annual Erlanger Chattanooga Marathon/Half Marathon Race on Sunday, March 4th. The non-profit event, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee ...

Read more

5 Common Injuries Runners Experience

All athletes encounter injuries at some point, especially when training for a big event. But for runners, certain aches and pains seem to be consistent across the board. Since most of the top five ...

Read more

What Runner Should Know About Venous Disease

Most of us are familiar with the varicose and spider veins generally associated with older people. But in fact, those are just some of the symptoms of venous disease, a condition that can develop ...

Read more

Subscribe to our mailing list today for the latest news and info on vein health from the Doctors.

Comments are closed.