ROOT CAUSE & CONTRIBUTING FACTORS
Treat the cause, not the symptoms.
At Vein Clinics of America, our approach is helping you understand the whole picture, and knowing the origins of vein disease is an important first step. Much of the time vein disease is genetic–if your parents or grandparents have or had varicose veins or spider veins, they’re likely to have passed them down to you.
The cause of varicose and spider veins.
The direct cause of varicose veins and spider veins is unhealthy valves in your veins that allow blood to flow in the wrong direction, which leads to strained and bulging veins. Pregnancy, weight gain, and the simple effects of aging can aggravate vein disease. Other factors–such as employment that requires long periods of standing or sitting–can also worsen varicose veins symptoms over time.
As you can see, healthy valves allow blood to flow in one direction only. When veins aren’t functioning properly, the blood flows backward, causing strain and damage, resulting in varicose veins.
SIGNS OF VEIN DISEASE
The ways vein disease can affect your everyday life.
Varicose veins and spider veins are the two vein conditions caused by vein disease that affect the largest number of people in the US. They bring visible signs and symptoms that can cause discomfort, pain, embarrassment, and fatigue. This not only makes sufferers feel self-conscious, but prevents them from living the healthy, active lives they want to live.
Varicose veins are large, bulging, and rope-like in appearance, are usually seen in the legs, and frequently accompanied by pain or discomfort.
Spider veins are smaller, thread-like, or tree-like in appearance, and are usually seen just under the surface of the skin in the legs and face. Similar to varicose veins, spider veins on the face, hands and limbs can be accompanied by pain.
The sooner the treatment, the quicker to overall better health.
Vein conditions that are seemingly cosmetic are often caused by a progressive underlying vein disease that could lead to more serious conditions if left untreated. The more quickly people seek treatment, the lesser the chance of developing more symptoms and of needing even more extensive treatment. So once you understand the root cause of your vein condition, the next step is finding the right treatment plan.
*Management of Varicose Veins and Venous Insufficiency, 2012 American Medical Association and Chronic Venous Disease in an Ethically Diverse Population, American Journal of Epidemiology.