A Patient’s Guide to Varicose Veins
Varicose veins are swollen, twisted, and unsightly veins that develop near the skin’s surface. Varicose veins usually develop in the legs and feet because of increased blood pressure. While most varicose veins merely cause cosmetic concerns, some patients complain of serious symptoms. To prevent your varicose veins from affecting your heart and whole-body health, consider this patient’s guide.
What Causes Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are usually caused by weak or damaged valves in the veins. Veins are responsible for carrying blood to your heart once you have used up the oxygen. In your legs, veins must push blood against the force of gravity. Weakened valves can cause blood to back up and collect in the veins, causing swelling and pain.
Who Is At Risk for Developing Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins may be caused by the backup of blood, sun exposure, fluctuations in hormone levels, and injuries. Over half of all American women suffer from varicose veins, while the number is closer to 40 percent for men. If you are getting older, your risk for developing varicose veins increases. Other common risk factors include pregnancy, hormonal changes during menopause, lack of exercise, and obesity.
When Should I Visit My Doctor?
If your varicose veins have become swollen, red, tender, or warm to the touch , you should schedule an appointment with your cardiologist. You should also visit your doctor to undergo diagnostic testing if you experience any pain. If your leg symptoms interfere with your daily life, your doctor can help you determine if an innovative solution such as the VNUS closure procedure may be right for you.
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