Varicose Veins Facts That You Need to Know
If you’ve made your way to the Vein Clinics of America website, chances are good you have a bit of an idea of what varicose veins are.
You know, those often unsightly veins that may be on your legs?
If you don’t know much about varicose veins beyond the fact that you don’t want them, then you are in the right place.
Also, if you do know a bit about varicose veins, we are sure you’ll learn a lot more after reading this post.
Today we are going to cover some key things you should know about varicose veins.
Whether you have varicose veins, know someone else who does, or want to prevent getting them later in life, there is information here for you.
With one in every five adults in the U.S. suffering from varicose veins, this is a problem that should not be ignored.
7 Facts About Varicose Veins
1. What causes them?
Do you remember learning about gravity in school?
Well, thanks to gravity, the veins in your legs have to work harder.
Your circulatory system consists of arteries and capillaries in your body which take blood from your heart and disperse it throughout the rest of your body, and it’s the job of your veins to send that blood back to your heart.
It’s almost like a giant recycling system.
But, because the veins in your legs are working against gravity, there is more strain put on them.
And, if those veins are damaged or weakened in any way, then blood can flow backward, where it ends up pooling in your veins.
And, that pooling is what causes those not-so-pretty varicose veins.
So what can lead to your veins being damaged or weakened in the first place?
Here are the leading factors that put you at risk of varicose veins:
- Sedentary lifestyle
2. Varicose and spider veins are NOT the same
No, not all veins are created equal.
Varicose veins are often mistaken for spider veins, but we are here to clear up the differences for you.
Spider veins are red or purple in color, are usually smaller, and tend to be flatter.
Varicose veins are blue, are usually bigger, and bulge out on your legs.
Both types of veins are very common, but spider veins are even more common.
There is a difference in treatment, as well. Varicose veins, because of their larger size, require much stronger treatment than spider veins.
3. Varicose veins don’t just occur in your legs
While it is most common that men and women get varicose veins in their legs, that is not the only spot you’ll see them pop up.
They primarily occur in the legs due to the gravity factor we discussed up in #1.
But, you’ll also see varicose veins on the face and neck, or wherever damaged or weakened veins in your body exist.
4. Changing your lifestyle can help
While the majority of varicose vein sufferers can thank genetics for their troubles, there are ways that you can decrease your chances of developing varicose veins.
Here are a few:
- Keep a healthy weight
- Exercise regularly
- Do not spend too much time either sitting or standing
- Do not spend too much time in high heels
- Stay away from clothing that is too tight on your waist and thighs
Though the above is not 100% guaranteed to keep you from getting varicose veins, they will certainly help decrease your risk, and also decrease the pain and problems you will have if you do indeed develop varicose veins.
5. Some may feel pain from varicose veins, others may not
Though no one likes the way varicose veins look, some people may not suffer from any pain as a result of the veins.
However, those that do suffer from pain tend to deal with the following symptoms:
- Restless legs
Keep a close eye on your varicose veins and make sure you contact a vein specialist when your veins begin swelling and feeling tender, or if they begin to bleed.
Varicose veins are not something you want to leave untreated if they start to become a problem.
Ignoring these issues could possibly lead to blood clots.
6. It’s rare to just have one
Though unfortunate, it is true that if you have fallen victim to a varicose vein, chances are good you will be confronted with another one down the line.
And, while most treatments do a good job of destroying a damaged vein, there is the possibility that the vein can regrow, and become a problem again.
If you have undergone varicose vein treatment before, you have no excuse not to practice the lifestyle changes in #4 to help lower your chances of getting another one.
7. Treatment options are aplenty
The good thing about having varicose veins in today’s world is that there are more options for treatment than ever.
Modern technology has allowed Vein Clinics of America to offer an incredible variety of effective treatment options that differ depending upon the severity of your veins.
From minimally invasive to Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA); Endovenous Laser Ablation to sclerotherapy and beyond, Vein Clinics of America will work with you to determine which vein treatments are best, and likely to be the most effective for you.
Never taking a one-size-fits-all approach, Vein Clinics of America will ensure that each treatment is catered exactly to each patient’s specific situation.
If you’re curious about how well the treatments work, be sure to check out some before-and-after vein treatment photos that will “wow” you.