Is It Possible To Prevent Varicose Veins From Getting Worse?
By Pierre Mouchette | Bits-n-Pieces
What causes varicose veins?
Varicose veins develop when blood flow in the veins does not go in the right direction. Blood usually returns to the heart, but with varicose veins, it pools in the legs instead. It can happen when specific vein structures weaken.
Scientists do not entirely understand why this occurs. However, they believe these are some common causes of varicose veins:
Weak valves - Veins have valves to prevent blood from flowing in the wrong direction. But as these valves weaken, the blood pools inside the vein. It causes veins to get bigger, which makes them look more visible and twisted.
Weak vein walls - Increased pressure in the veins can cause them to lose the ability to stretch. Vein walls weaken if they cannot stretch, and this causes the veins to widen. When veins are more expansive than usual, blood is more likely to flow in the opposite direction and pool in the legs.
Genetics - Scientists are still studying the genetics of varicose veins. However, they have linked around 30 possible genes to varicose veins. These genetic links may also increase the risk of inflammation, increasing the risk of varicose veins.
What are the symptoms of varicose veins?
Varicose veins show up as enlarged, blue veins on the legs. Sometimes, they have no symptoms, which makes it easy for people to miss them. When there are symptoms, they can range from mild to severe.
Symptoms of varicose veins can include:
Who is most at risk for varicose veins?
While it is not entirely clear why varicose veins happen in some people, experts have found some things that can increase your risk of getting them. Some of these risk factors for varicose veins include:
How do you prevent varicose veins from getting worse?
Treatment for varicose veins can help prevent them from getting worse and resolve your symptoms. Treatments will vary depending on how severe your symptoms are.
Conservative treatment options
Treatments for varicose veins are not invasive, so no recovery time is needed. These treatments also tend to be more affordable. They include:
These therapies are more invasive and usually use imaging. These treatments include:
This can be a good option for more severe varicose veins. However, this treatment requires more recovery time and may be more painful. Surgery options include:
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