RISK FACTORS & CONSEQUENCES OF VEIN DISEASE
While spider veins and early varicose veins may simply seem unsightly, if untreated, they can become problematic medical conditions. With any under-functioning veins or underlying venous condition, the pressure created by backflow of blood and pooling in the lower legs can lead to a progressive condition that will only worsen with time, resulting in swelling, pain and venous ulcers. If you have been putting off seeing a doctor, whether out of fear or concern that it may be too costly to treat, call us today. Only a vein specialist should assess your spider or varicose veins.
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CAUSES OF VEIN DISEASE
The causes of venous insufficiency and varicose veins largely depend on genetics, but age, significant time spent standing and your activity levels can affect your vein health as well. Women are about twice as likely to suffer from varicose veins than men. In a healthy vein, valves keep the blood flowing upwards and back to your heart from the legs and arms. However, sometimes these valves become damaged, allowing back pressure and trapping of blood in the veins. The result is a swollen and often painful, bulging vein that is typically seen in the legs.