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Varicose Veins Explained
If you are suffering from mild or severe varicose veins, you’re probably wondering what you did to get them and whether you could have avoided it. And once you have them, there’s no doubt that you’re interested in the treatment options you have.
Why do people get varicose veins? Where do they come from, and how do they develop?
Varicose veins occur when special one-way valves in our veins get worn out and the vein walls get stretched thin. This can happen for various causes, such as tissues in the calves and thighs being subjected to extra pressure for prolonged periods of time. If these valves fail, then the blood that is supposed to be traveling to the heart will temporarily flow backward, creating bubbles where the extra pools of blood sit stagnant. This further stretches out the thin vein walls and can also contribute to clots. The veins enlarge and become puffy to the touch, and possibly may even cause a deep aching sensation in the areas where they are the most severe.
Many factors can contribute to the likelihood of developing varicose veins, but here are some of them:
- Standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time
- Being pregnant
- Hormonal changes
- Being overweight
- Advancing age
Varicose veins develop most often in the legs, where blood has the farthest distance to make it up to the heart, and must do so against the pull of gravity. However, varicose veins can technically appear in other veins as well. However, when they do, they are typically not as severe.
Here at the Venocure clinic, we have the technologies to treat varicose veins, such as Radiofrequency Ablation. Normal muscle movements from walking can also help to push the blood forward in the veins of your legs so that it gets back to the heart.