Varicose veins are veins that have become enlarged and/or visible. While any vein in the body can become, the most noticeable ones happen in the legs and feet because veins in that part of the body are under increased pressure by pushing blood back to the heart, going against the force of gravity. As we age, the increased pressure and force weakens the valves within the vein, which causes blood to collect. When the blood collects, the veins bulge out and become visible through the skin. That is how varicose veins form. Here is more about varicose veins and what you can do if you have them.
While anyone can get varicose veins, certain factors that may put you at a higher risk of developing them. However, genetics is the number one risk factor for developing varicose veins. But before you blame your mom or dad being on the heavy side, consider the following: some people inherit venous problems they may not be aware of. This includes having too few valves or valves that do not function as they should. Still, others may be born with abnormalities of the vein wall that could result in a predisposition for the valves to become weak and faulty. When varicose veins occur in young people who otherwise have no risk factors, chances are genetics are to blame.
Here are some more factors that may put you at a higher risk of developing varicose veins.
There are numerous conservative options available for treating varicose veins, such as over-the-counter pain medication, homeopathic remedies, compression stockings, and lifestyle changes to include exercise and weight loss. If conservative treatments fail, minimally invasive interventional treatments can be used to treat the vein directly, aiming to eliminate the cause of the varicose veins. Some of these treatments include:
It is best to visit your doctor at the first sight of varicose veins. Using diagnostic ultrasound imaging, a vein specialist can see how the veins in your legs are functioning. The imaging can point to weakened areas that are causing blood to pool. Once you’ve identified the problem areas, you and your doctor can discuss a treatment plan that best suits your needs.
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