Three Times in Life to Pay Close Attention to Your Veins
Vein disease is a common disorder that affects over 80 million Americans per year. Vein disease can include problems such as varicose veins, which are triggered by the small valves in veins breaking, causing blood to flow in the wrong direction. This misdirection of blood is what creates bulging varicose veins and could result in pain throughout the body. 
There are many factors that contribute to the formation of varicose veins. As with most health conditions, monitoring and checking in with your body is an important part in the prevention and overall treatment process of vein disease. There are three times in your life when you should pay even closer attention to your veins:
- During or After Pregnancy: While pregnancy does not cause varicose veins, it does aggravate the condition and increase your chances if you are already predisposed to the disorder. In fact, 15% of women develop varicose veins during pregnancy, often during the beginning of the second trimester.  There are many reasons pregnancy can affect vein disease including a change in hormone levels, increase of blood volumes and the decrease in blood circulation due to pelvic pressure. Often varicose veins will disappear when your body has recovered from the vascular and hormonal changes of pregnancy.  Throughout your pregnancy, it is important to take note of any new veins or pain developing throughout your body and monitor their progress after you have delivered.
- If Your Parents Suffer from Vein Disease: Varicose veins have a large genetic component and are often found in families. Genetics and family history are the biggest factor to account for when it comes to assessing your risk of developing vein disease.  If you find that many family members are suffering from varicose veins, keep an eye on your veins for any pain, discoloration or bulging. It is important to note that while heredity is an important factor, the inheriting of poor family health habits or environmental consistencies should be considered when looking at vein disease. 
- If You Stand or Sit All Day: Stress on veins can be a leading factor in the progression or formation of varicose veins. For workers who spend their entire day on their feet, you are at risk of causing excessive pressure on your veins, increasing your susceptibility to vein disease.  Equally, a sedentary lifestyle can lead to poor circulation throughout your legs which in turn forces your veins to exert excess effort to pump blood back to the heart.  If you find yourself sitting or standing for long periods of time for either your job or another reason, try taking breaks during the day to either rest or move your legs.
Unfortunately, vein disease cannot go away on its own and will only progress with time. The good news is there are a variety of minimally invasive treatment options to help treat and prevent varicose veins. While the above three instances are especially important when it comes to checking on your veins, like with all aspects of your health, it is essential to always be in tune with your body and what it is trying to tell you.
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