About Varicose Veins

How are varicose veins created?
  • Large arteries carry blood from heart to extremities
  • Blood then returns to heart for recirculation in the veins
  • Valves in veins control blood flow, in the direction of the heart
  • When valves fail, gravity causes blood to blow backwards – reflux
  • Blood collects and pools in the legs
  • Veins become abnormally enlarged or swollen due to increased pressure
  • Resulting protruding, bumpy, or rope-like veins are varicose veins

What are spider veins?

  • Appear as small red, blue, or purple web-like formations
  • Dilated veins on the surface of the skin
  • Dysfunctional larger veins may be their cause or source
  • Deeper vein problems are often the cause of spider veins
  • Not harmful, but can cause discomfort and self-consciousness
  • Can cause substantial leg discomfort

Why should you treat varicose veins?

  • Reflects a serious health issue
  • Not just a cosmetic concern
  • Early detection and treatment is critical
  • Untreated can cause inflammation (phlebitis), blood clots, tissue loss, bleeding, external sores, eczema, and ulcers
  • Legs will feel much better and allow for increased mobility without discomfort

Who is affected by varicose veins?

  • Common misperception is that varicose veins affect primarily women
  • Statistics show 25% of women and 18% of men suffer from varicose veins
  • Over 40 million people suffer from venous disease

What make someone susceptible to varicose veins?

  • Heredity
  • Pregnancy
  • Age
  • Obesity
  • Hormone
  • Physical trauma
  • Jobs requiring prolonged periods of standing or sitting

How to avoid getting varicose veins or a recurrence after treatment?

  • Get regular exercise
  • Avoid sitting or standing for prolonged periods
  • Don't smoke
  • Control your weight
  • Wear compression stockings to slow progression of venous disease

 

Varicose Veins, how are they created?

 

Varicose Veins vs Spider Veins

 
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