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Varicose Veins: Causes and Treatments

by April Maguire

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There is nothing at all redeeming about varicose veins. They're unsightly, they often cause discomfort, and in rare cases they can even lead to potentially serious health problems. Sadly, however, according to the most recent statistics, 15% of men and more than 25% of women will suffer from varicose veins at some point in their lives. So given the risk, it's important for everyone to know what causes varicose veins and, perhaps even more importantly, how to get rid of them.

The Causes

Varicose veins typically occur in the legs, and they form as the result of faulty valves. By design, blood is supposed to flow in one direction through your veins, but because the veins in your legs are under more pressure, the valves inside them tend to break down, allowing blood to flow in the opposite direction. As a result, blood begins to poor, the vein enlarges and begins to rise up beneath the surface of the skin, creating ridges. In addition to being unsightly, varicose veins can also cause pain, numbness, swelling, and they can lead to the formation of blood clots, which can lead to life-threatening problems.

So who is at risk for getting varicose veins? According to the experts, the number one determining factor is family history. So if your parents or grandparents suffered from varicose veins, you're more likely to get them yourself. Additionally, life style plays a huge role. People who are overly sedentary, are overweight, or who spend all day on their feet are at a significantly higher risk. Also, varicose veins tend to occur in people who are older, or women who are pregnant.

The Treatments

By far, the best way to deal with varicose veins is to stop them from forming in the first place. Generally, doctors recommend working out regularly, which will help to improve circulation and keep your blood flowing optimally. Additionally, if you think you might be at a higher risk for developing varicose veins, you may want to wear compression stockings, which will further help with circulation.

If you already have varicose veins, then there are numerous options on the market. Currently, the trend is to use ablation therapy, wherein radio waves or low-level lasers are used to destroy the affected veins from the inside. Alternatively, some doctors recommend sclerotherapy, which uses an abrasive foam to cause the varicose veins to collapse. In rare cases, however, doctor may recommend physically removing the afflicted veins through surgery.

No doubt about it, varicose veins are annoying. Luckily though, there are many treatment methods out there. So if you're looking to get rid of your varicose veins, talk to your doctor and find a solution that will work best for you.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about vein treatment, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!

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