Varicose Veins Overview

What Are Varicose Veins?

Varicose Veins Overview1 e1314908398435 Varicose Veins OverviewVaricose veins are inflamed, distorted veins that appear right under the skin’s surface. While varicose veins can appear anywhere on the body, they are most prevalent on the legs.  These generally occur because the veins in the legs become weak and the blood will not flow through them as quickly as it should.  The veins work as one-way valves and keep blood that is contaminated away from the heart.  These veins will stop working properly which can result in blood clotting in the legs bringing about varicose or spider veins.

Varicose veins are a condition that is extremely widespread.  Some people who suffer from varicose veins generally do not report any signs or symptoms.  However, there are those few cases in which people have complained of some pain and discomfort associated with varicose veins.  The more severe problems that can occur from varicose veins are blood clots or skin ulcers.

Summary of Varicose Veins

Your veins are nothing more than blood vessels that move blood from the tissue and extremities of your body to your heart. Once the blood reaches your heart, it moves blood into your lungs where it will get oxygen and then move that blood throughout your body via the arteries.

The valves found in your veins assist the blood flow to your heart.  If the valves begin to show weakness or become injured the blood will begin to collect in your veins and it will become backed up.  When this happens it will result in varicose veins.

There can be several contributing factors that can cause varicose veins.  Some of these are genetics, aging, becoming pregnant, being overweight, and amount of exercise you get.  Varicose veins can be treated with changes in your lifestyle, medical procedures as well as some home remedies that are available.  The aim of any treatment is to alleviate symptoms, stop any complications that can arise and appearance improvement.  You should consult with your doctor to work out a plan that is right for you and your lifestyle.

What can happen with varicose veins

While in most cases varicose veins generally will not cause any medical issues, they sometimes can.  You and your doctor will have to work together and he or she might suggest you change some things in your lifestyle or in some cases you may have to seek the treatment of a medical professional who deals with skin or vein issues.

When those who suffer from varicose veins experience any pain, discomfort, clotting of the blood or skin ulcers there are several medical treatments that your doctor can recommend.  A lot of patients will take the medical treatments simply because it will not only alleviate some of the pain and discomfort, it can also help improve the appearance of how their legs look after the procedure.

Depending on the severity of the varicose veins several of the procedures that are available can be done on an outpatient basis and will not need a recovery time of more than a few days.

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