Are you experiencing any of these possible Vein Disease Symptoms?
If you have any of the symptoms below, please contact our vein clinic to schedule a consultation.
Risk factors for vein
disease include, but are
not limited to:
Genetics play a factor in your chances of developing venous insufficiency. Studies show if you have one parent with varicose veins, your risk of developing them goes up by 40 percent. If both your parents have them, your risk can rise to up to 90 percent.
Research suggests that vein disease affects more than 25 percent of women and 15 percent of men. That means approximately 40 percent of the population has vein disease.
Pregnancy increases the amount of blood in a woman’s body. This puts extra strain on her circulatory system. Research has also shown that hormone levels during pregnancy cause the blood vessels to relax which makes the valves more prone to reflux. As the uterus grows, additional pressure on the vessels in the pelvic region can lead to varicose veins.
Research studies suggest that people who have jobs or lifestyles where they sit or stand for long periods of time have an increased risk for developing varicose veins. While you are sitting or standing, blood does not flow as easily from the extremities (your legs) to your heart. Teachers, nurses, truck drivers, factory workers, customer service employees and others with similar occupations are especially at risk.
Extra body fat puts pressure on the walls of the veins requiring them to work harder to recirculate blood from your legs back to your heart. This can put increased pressure on your valves, making them more prone to reflux.
While people in their 20’s and 30’s can develop vein disease, it is not as common as in those over 40. Varicose veins affect 1 out of 2 people over the age of 50. Why? Aging causes wear and tear on the valves in your veins and that wear can cause the valves to allow blood to flow back into the veins, where it collects. The vein walls lose their elasticity and eventually, the insufficient valves and loss of elasticity cause pooling of blood within the vein. The pressure from the pooled blood often creates discolored blood vessels that are visible through your skin and enlarged, bulging veins.
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