What is vein disease?
Healthy veins have valves which open and close to assist the return of blood to the heart. Venous disease occurs if these valves become damaged, allowing the backward flow of blood in the legs. When blood cannot be properly returned through the vein, it can pool in the legs, leading to a feeling of heaviness and fatigue—causing varicose veins and other skin changes. While usually not life-threatening, venous disorders still affect your circulatory system and can lead to more serious complications, such as ulcers, blood clots and/or stroke if left untreated.
What causes vein disease?
Most vein disease has a strong genetic link, however, the more time we spend sedentary or standing on our feet, the more we increase the likelihood that our veins will have difficulty returning the blood.
The most common factors are:
- body weight
- sedentary lifestyle
Women are about two times more likely to suffer from varicose veins than men. Pregnancy and hormonal changes can increase susceptibility to varicose veins.
Signs & symptoms of varicose veins
Varicose veins do not always cause pain, and therefore, can go unnoticed.
Signs you may have varicose veins include:
- Tired, achy, painful legs
- Tenderness around the varicose vein
- Numbness, swelling, burning, or heaviness in the legs
- Itching or irritated rash on the legs or near the ankles
- Veins that are dark purple or blue in color and appear twisted and bulging.
Spider veins are similar to varicose veins, but are usually fine and superficial. Spider veins are found closer to the skin’s surface and are often red or blue.
There are many minimally-invasive options to treat your venous conditions—with a short recovery and quick return to everyday activities. A personalized plan of care will be determined to meet your individualized needs.
Preventive Vein Care
Self-care such as exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, eating well, elevating your legs, wearing compression stockings and controlling other health conditions can help prevent varicose veins or keep them from getting worse. However, if you are concerned about how your veins look and feel, you should know there are virtually pain-free treatments available. Walk in, walk out.
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