What Causes Vein Disease?

Essentially, varicose veins are produced when small valves in veins break and cause the blood to flow in the wrong direction. This causes the veins to bulge.

Unhealthy Valve

Unhealthy Valve

Healthy Valve

Healthy Valve

As you can see, healthy valves allow blood to flow in one direction. When valves do not function properly, blood flows backward, creating strain and damage to vein walls. This results in varicose veins.

Unfortunately, vein disease doesn’t go away on its own and will only get worse over time – making future treatment more extensive. Although approximately 45 percent of men suffer from vein disease, it’s women who are mainly affected. And because many women are busy juggling the demands of their career and family, they often put off treatment.

There are many myths about vein disease. For instance, although pregnancy can aggravate vein disease, it doesn’t actually cause it. If you have varicose or spider veins, it is likely that someone else in your family has them as well. More than 80 percent of the time the condition is genetic.  This means vein disease isn’t caused by long periods of standing or crossing your legs when you sit down. Even so, long periods of standing, as well as obesity, can make it worse.

The good news is that with today’s advanced technology, vein disorders are treatable through safer and more effective techniques that don’t require surgery. Just remember that no matter what is causing your varicose veins, we’re experts in the field and will do our best to help you both understand and treat the problem.