The Truth Behind What Really Causes Venous Disorders
Varicose veins are something that millions of Americans suffer from. In fact, 1 of every 5 adults in the U.S. struggles with varicose veins, making this a major issue that is either happening either to you or someone close to you. But varicose veins are not the only vein problem striking men and women across the country today.
Spider veins are another vein complication that leads to swollen and sore legs, making even the most basic daily tasks a struggle. Varicose veins and spider veins are the two most common venous disorders but certainly aren’t the only ones.
What are Venous Disorders?
This type of disorder that attacks your veins is caused by veins in your feet and legs being unable to function as they are normally supposed to. “But what exactly is their normal function?” you ask.
To put it simply, your veins work to pump blood toward your heart. However, over time, your veins’ valve walls can weaken (especially since they are working to pump your blood up your body, a.k.a. against gravity), which causes the blood instead to flow backward and end up pooling in your legs and feet.
You will typically see the first signs of something like this as varicose veins. However, if you don’t attack your vein problems when they first surface and rather let your vein disease go untreated for too long, you are potentially putting your life at risk of developing deep vein thrombosis.
So how do you get to the root of the problem to determine what it is that is causing your venous disorder so that you can catch it before things get too serious? Let’s take a look at what some of the most common factors are that lead to venous disorders.
Leading Factors in Developing Venous Disorders
There are a number of different factors that can cause someone to develop vein problems, but these are the most common ones that vein specialists see.
Sitting too much
With computers and televisions becoming more and more central to our modern-day lives, more research is being done to figure out how spending so much time sitting affects someone’s health. (We recently published an article about the health hazards of sitting that covers some of the effects of sitting; it is definitely worth a read.)
And, when it comes to vein problems, it has been found that sitting for prolonged periods of time is one of the leading causes of venous disease. When you sit for a great deal of time, you are putting more pressure on your legs, as well as keeping your veins working hard against gravity to get your blood back up to your heart. This combo can not only make your vein-related disorders worse but can also be the reason that they show up in the first place.
By sitting for long periods of time, you are giving your body the perfect opportunity to fall victim to blood pooling, which, as mentioned above, can lead to varicose veins, along with a number of other vein problems.
While we understand that many jobs require sitting for most of the day, make it a habit to stand up every 30 minutes and walk around to get your blood flowing again. Even elevating your legs on your desk for a few moments will be a great help to your veins.
While we know that varicose veins and other venous disease don’t only occur in older people, age is one of the factors that contribute to the development of varicose veins. To give you some numbers, varicose veins pop up in 1 of every 2 people over the age of 50.
There’s no battling your genes when it comes to venous disorders. This unfortunate fact means that your genes play a large role in determining whether you’re destined for vein problems or not. If someone in your family has a history of venous disorders, your chances of suffering the same are greatly increased.
While you certainly can’t change your genes, your age, or maybe even your job that requires you to be sedentary most of the day, you can make small changes in your life that will help lower your risk of developing venous disorders.
Here are some of the best things you can do to help combat the onset of vein problems:
- Get up and walk every 30 minutes, even if it’s just around your house
- Schedule two 20-30 minute walks into your day — in the morning, and in the evening
- Ensure your diet is healthy and balanced
- Stretch your legs throughout the day
- Avoid wearing clothing that is too tight and cuts off blood circulation
- Drink more water
- Elevate your legs whenever possible
While there are some downsides to modern day life’s technological advancements, one thing we certainly can appreciate is the advancement of the way venous disorders are treated. Doctors and medical researchers have been able to develop procedures to help with vein issues that are non-invasive and require little-to-no downtime.
What treatment you’ll need for your vein issues is dependent upon the problem, and the severity of your vein struggles. However, these are the treatments that are offered at Vein Clinics of America, the most trusted national vein clinic in the United States:
- Radiofrequency ablation
- Endovenous laser ablation
- Alternative vein disease treatments (including compression stockings and Veinwave)
While venous disorders are certainly something you want to worry about, they are not something to lose sleep over. As long as you stay on top of keeping your veins as healthy as possible, and contact your nearest vein specialist if anything seems out of the norm, you should be on track to keep your vein health under control.