Veins. An unglamorous job these little guys got stuck with. They carry deoxygenated blood throughout your body. Even their counterpart, arteries, have a more glamorous job: arteries get to carry oxygen throughout your body, giving life. Technically, veins are only taking life.
Yet, without veins you’d be a skeleton. Veins are essential to our bodies. And although they don’t garner as much attention as other cool body parts like the heart and lungs, veins play an important role in the everyday functioning of your body. Venocure, a vein center with offices in Brownstown and Dearborn, MI, specializes in the treatment of varicose veins and spider veins. Below are five facts you probably didn’t know about veins.
5 FUN FACTS ABOUT VEINS
- Veins are one of three kinds of blood vessels in the human body: arteries, lungs, and capillaries. All blood vessels nourish our organs, tissues, muscles, and cells by carrying blood, oxygen, carbon dioxide, nutrients, and hormones.
- Every vein has three layers made of connective tissues and smooth cells. These layers of a vein themselves are clear. So how do they appear blue in color? Fundamentally, light is made up of wavelengths, and each wavelength is a particular color. The color we see is a result of which wavelengths are reflected back to our eyes. Another cool fact is our brain is the one that interprets these colors, and puts names to them. The subcutaneous layer of fat in our skin absorbs low-frequency light, permitting only the highly energetic blue wavelengths to penetrate through to the vein and reflect back to our eyes, making veins appear blue in color.
- Ever want to travel around the world four times? If all of our blood vessels (arteries, veins, and capillaries) were stretched end to end, we’d be able to circle the earth four times.
- Until 1628, humans did not know exactly how the circulatory system functioned. Galen, an ancient Greek physician, dictated medicine till after the Middle Ages. He thought there were two systems instead of one. The first system had the liver instead of the heart producing blood and distributing it. The second system only involved arteries that carried air from the lungs and blood to all other organs and tissues.
- The body can form new blood vessels if one gets blocked. This is critical to some varicose vein treatments as the damaged vein is either removed or killed off and the blood flow diverted to a healthy vessel. Sclerotherapy, Radiofrequency Ablation, and Varithena are some of the treatments available at Venocure in Michigan that capitalize on this amazing process of your body known as angiogenesis or neovascularization. This is also how your body heals wounds.
Varicose veins and spider veins ultimately will not kill you. Both conditions can be painful and annoying but not life threatening. However, with so many affordable treatment options for varicose veins and for spider veins, Venocure urges you to call us today for a free consultation. Whether they bother you physically or just you don’t like the appearance of them, we can help. We have vein centers in both Dearborn, Michigan, and Brownstown, Michigan, for your convenience.
You don’t have to live with varicose veins or spider veins. Contact Venocure today to get started!