The nurse is caring for a patient with venous insufficiency that has developed varicose veins. Which of the following statements about varicose veins is accurate?


• Varicose veins are enlarged and tortuous, resulting from a genetic predisposition that results in less elastic veins

• Incorrect: Pain is not directly related to the size of the varicosities

• Incorrect: Sclerotherapy is used to treat existing varicose veins, but it is not a cure and does not prevent others from developing

• Incorrect: Varicose veins are not more common in men. Women have a higher incidence than men

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