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Marion Caunter, social media personality, independent entrepreneur, and supermom to three beautiful children hosted a panel discussion on the importance of diagnosing and treating varicose veins. Titled ‘Knowing Varicose Veins,’ the panel discussion took place on 19th March at Cardiac Vascular Sentral Kuala Lumpur (CVSKL) and is part of a public education campaign by Medtronic to raise awareness of the condition amongst young women in Malaysia.

The campaign aims to empower young women with information to identify early signs of varicose veins so that they can seek professional treatment before it is too late. Varicose veins are often misconstrued to be a condition that occurs with old age and a purely aesthetic one due to the unsightly appearance of the legs. However, when left untreated, varicose veins can cause immobility and affect one’s quality of life. In more severe cases, varicose veins can restrict blood pressure in the veins, thus fighting to circulate blood flow to the heart as well. Due to risk factors such as pregnancy and the presence of oestrogen in their system, the number of women who are diagnosed with varicose veins is two times more than men ¹.

Navigating varicose veins can be life changing for many women who are hustling for their career and family. During the discussion, Marion shared “As a mother and businesswoman, I understand the hustle and how women especially in their 20s and 30s put so much pressure on themselves but it’s important to remember that we need to take good care of our physical and mental health before we can care for those around us.”

Along with ten of her Instagram followers who were young women like herself, Marion sat down with Consultant Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon from CVSKL, Dr Tan Kia Lean to highlight the importance of identifying the early signs of varicose veins and preventive measures that women can take to reduce their risk. Dr Tan said “Technology has advanced so much over the last 20 years and we can easily identify the condition and seek appropriate treatment before it affects your quality of life. If you suspect any symptoms, be sure to seek help from a professional who is experienced and can advise you on the necessary steps to take.”

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