The Causes of Varicose Veins

before_varicoseveins_sclerotherapy_patient3 There are many myths and rumors related to the existence of Varicose veins, causing fear and confusion among the many millions of sufferers in the United States today and because this medical condition can be a sign of a more severe underlying medical condition, it is important that you have all the facts before seeking varicose vein treatment in St. Louis…which is where we come in. The St. Louis Laser Vein Center has been in the business of treating vein disorders for year and we want to help you navigate your way safely through your varicose vein treatment journey.

What are varicose veins?

First and foremost, varicose veins are ropy looking veins that can be red, blue and/or purple and generally appear on the legs of the sufferer, although they can appear in other areas as well. Caused by a weakness in the vein walls and valves; instead of flowing to the heart, the blood pools in the vein causing it to swell and appear to be a tangled and knotted mess under the skin. Varicose veins can be symptom free or can make the area feel tired, painful and sometimes even produce a burning sensation in which case it is imperative that you seek treatment.

What are the causes of varicose veins?

The causes of varicose veins can be as varied as the people who suffer from this potentially dangerous vein disorder. Hormones, age, heredity, and lifestyle choices are the main offenders with gender running close behind. Hormones associated with pregnancy and menopause mean that women run the biggest risk of developing varicose veins, but men can develop it as well. If you have a family history of vein disease, chances are you will suffer from it as well…especially if you are obese, if you are a smoker, or if you lead a sedentary lifestyle. People who stay seated for prolonged periods of time and people who are in occupations that require them to be on their feet for long periods of time often develop vein disease.

Can you avoid developing varicose veins?

If you have a family history of varicose veins, it will be more difficult to avoid developing the problem, but if you can limit your propensity with proper lifestyle choices. Eating a healthy diet high in colorful vegetables and low in fat and processed foods, maintaining a regular exercise routine and if you smoke…stop…immediately. If you work at a desk, take frequent breaks and walk around your office. If you are on your feet all day, rest breaks with your feet up…following these simple tips can help you stay healthy and varicose vein free.

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