Do you suffer with varicose veins problems?


After a year of this pandemic and worried about the clinical situation of many people, at Spain Life we have spoken with the specialists of Clinica Delarra to clear some uncertainties and concerns that we have in relation to an ailment that we have been hearing about for some time; the varicose problems derived from Covid.



Our specialist Doctors at Dellara clinic are experts in this field and we asked them to give us their help on this subject.


 Doctor Octavio Cosin…





We may think that varicose vein problems in the legs have nothing to do with covid, but after following up with some of the patients who got infected in this first year of covid and checking the problems they’re suffering from, we can see that it is indeed related.


Vascular surgeons are medical specialists who diagnose, treat, and monitor patients with circulatory problems. Both arterial and venous.

Varicose veins in the lower limbs are one of the main reasons why our patients consult us.

During this year, the coronavirus effects, as well as the measures taken in the pandemic, have been checked during our consultations due to the chronic venous insufficiency on the population.









One of the most powerful and effective “medicines” for circulatory problems is a sport. Specifically, if we had to highlight one, it would be to go for a regular walk (3-5 times a week). Home confinement, the closure of sports facilities, and the fear of contagion have led to a failure of the good habits that many patients had acquired, leading to a worsening of symptoms.




This has probably been one of the most frequent consultations, especially after the first wave of infections. Many patients have requested our assessments due to worsening leg pain or even the appearance of symptoms in people who did not suffer from them previously.

Covid 19 is a virus that affects many organs, but with no doubt some of the most important is, apart from the circulatory system, the nerves, and muscles.

It is necessary to carry out a color Doppler study to rule out that the leg pain is not due to a circulatory complication and is therefore due to the effects of the virus on the muscles and nervous system.




The relationship between varicose veins and thrombosis always worries those who suffer from them.


Varicose veins clearly increase the risk of SUPERFICIAL thrombosis (close to the skin). These thromboses are not usually life-threatening, although they are annoying. DEEP thromboses are those that have serious repercussions on the quality of life and can even lead to fatal complications. About 11-15% of SUPERFICIAL thromboses can become DEEP thromboses. The remainder will be without serious consequences.


One of the main causes of coronavirus mortality is determined by its affinity to cause thrombi (venous, arterial and pulmonary), through two main mechanisms:


  1. Increased tendency of the blood to form thrombi (hypercoagulable state).
  2. Inflammation of the internal walls of veins and arteries, also favoring thrombosis.


This risk of thrombosis is higher in hospitalized patients and especially in the ICU (1 in 4 patients in the ICU after coronavirus suffer thrombosis). Anticoagulant drugs have proved decisive in the management of critically ill patients.


In patients without risk factors and with mild infections, it is normal NOT to suffer any event of this type, but if there is a suspicion of thrombosis in the legs, the patient should be assessed by the vascular surgeon and a color Doppler ultrasound should be performed, if justified.





Undoubtedly, one of the most striking side effects of the new social and healthcare situation we are experiencing has been the neglect of pathologies considered less serious.


The health care collapse caused by the pandemic has meant that, logically but worryingly, illnesses which, although not lethal, continue to affect the population, cannot be treated.


In addition to this understandable delay in the management of these pathologies, some patients prefer to avoid going to large hospitals for fear of contagion.


It is expected that in addition to the existing waiting lists for varicose vein surgery, the number of patients who have not been able to be treated during the pandemic year will increase, with the consequent worsening of the clinical situation.


Signed: Octavio Cosín Sales

Angiology and vascular surgery

Medical license number: 463106763




At Clinica Delarra, they are specialists in varicose veins, they can help you, answer any questions you may have, and solve the problem itself, whatever type of problem it may be.



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