Survey to find out challenges faced by varicose vein sufferers

Maternity staff at Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe celebrating National Midwives Week, back row from left: Deirdre Naughton, Jacqui Nolan, Anne Murray, Mary Burke, Martina Small and Anne Regan. Front row, from left: Irene Mulryan with her son Felix, Rebecca Power with her son Arron and Jessica Murray.

Maternity staff at Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe celebrating National Midwives Week, back row from left: Deirdre Naughton, Jacqui Nolan, Anne Murray, Mary Burke, Martina Small and Anne Regan. Front row, from left: Irene Mulryan with her son Felix, Rebecca Power with her son Arron and Jessica Murray.

A research organisation is carrying out a survey on Galway men and women with varicose veins or those concerned about developing the condition.

The study is being conducted by VASGARD, an Enterprise Ireland research project based at NUI Galway.

Supported by a team of post-doctoral graduates, scientists and vascular surgeons, VASGARD has spent the past three years researching a breakthrough technology for venous disease management.

It has been researching technological approaches to venous disease management for the past 15 years.

The team is now confident to begin early product testing and will carry out interviews to progress its development cycle further.

Dr Gavin Corley, VASGARD’s senior researcher, says it will speak to men and women in Galway city to evaluate their challenges associated with varicose veins.

“We also want to understand how they currently manage their concerns about their veins. Ideally each candidate will be aged between 20 and 40 and has an ongoing concern about developing varicose veins.”

Senior researcher, Dr Barry Broderick, explained that market research suggests 40 per cent of people have a family history of varicose veins.

“Approximately 27 per cent of the population will develop varicose veins at some stage in their life. We know it is a concern for people which is why we are interested in conducting a feasibility study with Galway being a starting point.”

 

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