Varicose veins typically manifest as enlarged, bulging, swollen cords just beneath the skin surface. Commonly appearing as dark blue or purple vessels, they tend to mostly affect legs and feet but can develop anywhere on your body. These raised and twisted blood vessels are usually larger than spider veins and often cause more considerable problems.
Patients with varicose veins often report leg heaviness, night cramps, burning sensation, itching, leg fatigue, edema, and restless legs. In many cases, this condition contributes to exercise intolerance. Although the onset of this condition may be gradual, subjective symptoms commonly appear to be more severe in the early stages of disease. Symptoms may be less severe in the middle phases but become more exacerbated with age.
Fortunately, the advanced treatment options offered by the Pacific Med Health Group provide effective and painless ways to eliminate varicose veins. Following treatment, most of our patients express surprise once they realize how much chronic discomfort they used to take for granted.
Varicose veins result from a reflux of blood from the deep veins into the superficial veins located on the surface of your skin. For the most part, they develop in your legs and feet since your upright position increases the pressure on the veins of the lower limbs. For this reason, many patients with varicose veins report greater discomfort after standing or walking for a long time.
Varicose veins become more widespread with age because, as we get older, our veins lose elasticity and experience wear and tear. Due to blood pools forming in weakened veins, these veins enlarge and become varicose. Their characteristic blue or purple appearance is largely due to the deoxygenated blood collected in varicose veins.
Pregnancy is another common cause of varicose veins because it increases the volume of blood in the body, while decreasing the flow of blood from legs to pelvis. During late pregnancy, this condition may worsen because heavy uterus adds more pressure on the veins in your lower extremities.
Obesity counts as another risk factor for varicose veins for similar reasons. Being overweight puts greater pressure on the veins in your legs, causing greater wear and tear affecting the vein valves.
Risk Factors Among Women and Men
Varicose veins are more likely to develop in women than men due to a variety of reasons. Approximately 55% of American women experience this condition at some point in their lives. Aside from pregnancy being the major contributing factor, hormonal changes during premenstruation or menopause may relax vein walls, increasing the risk of varicose veins.
Roughly 45% of American men also experience issues related to varicose and spider veins, making this condition extremely common among the general population. Fortunately, you no longer have to put up with swollen, painful, and unsightly veins. Varicose vein removal consists of a safe and minimally-invasive procedure that produces remarkably fast and effective results with minimal if any discomfort.