Varicose Veins Symptoms
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 affect legs and feet, but they can develop anywhere on your body. These raised and twisted blood vessels are usually larger than spider veins and often cause more considerable problems.
For instance, 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 become less severe in the middle phases, but may turn out to be more exacerbated with age.
Fortunately, the advanced treatment options offered by the Pacific Med Health Group provide an effective and rapid relief to symptoms associated with varicose veins. Following treatment, most of our patients express surprise once they realize how much chronic discomfort they used to take for granted. Although widespread, problems associated with varicose veins should not be accepted as normal.
Causes and Risk Factors
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 upright Stance increases the pressure on the veins of the lower limbs. For this reason, many patients with varicose veins report exacerbated discomfort after standing or walking for a long time.
Varicose veins become more prevalent with age because, as we get older, our veins lose elasticity and experience wear and tear. As a result of blood pools forming in weakened veins, these veins enlarge and become varicose. Their characteristic blue or purple appearance is largely due to 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 due to the fact that heavy uterus adds greater pressure on the veins in your lower extremities.
Incidentally, 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.
Lastly, this condition is more likely to develop in women than men due to a variety of reasons. Indeed, approximately 55% of American women experience this condition at some point in their lives. Aside from pregnancy being the contributing factor, hormonal changes during premenstruation or menopause may relax vein walls, thereby increasing the risk of varicose veins. That being said, roughly 45% of American men also experience issues related to varicose and spider veins, making this condition extremely common among the general population. In spite of this high prevalence, 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.