Understanding Varicose Veins
You wake up in the morning and you’re feeling a bit achy, your legs are throbbing and they feel particularly heavy. You notice a few bulging blood vessels on your legs and wonder where they came from and how to get rid of them. And then you wonder whether these new, dark veins are medically safe.
If you are experiencing the effects of varicose veins you are not alone. It is estimated that 15 percent of men and about 25 percent of women in the United States have them. Varicose veins are said to affect half of all people 50 years and older although there are people in their 20s who can develop them.
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are the most common type of vascular lesion. They consist of enlarged blood vessels, typically greater than 1 mm in diameter, which appear entwined or bulge mainly in your legs or feet. In fact, the word “varicose” is derived from the Latin root word “varix” which translates to “twisted” in English.
This vein condition occurs when the wall of the vein collapses or weakens. And when near-surface veins have undergone high pressure, it can cause them to dilate and get longer, which can make them develop the purple-blue or red color often associated with the condition. This discoloration is caused by the de-oxygenated blood that accumulates in the area.
While an exact cause for varicose veins has not been determines, there are several factors specialists believe contribute to their development. This includes extended standing, female hormones, pregnancy, trauma, obesity, family history and age.
Varicose veins may be more than a cosmetic concern
Not only are their bluish-purple lines unattractive, they can cause significant pain and discomfort. And if not treated, some individuals could be at risk for other disorders of the circulatory system as they can put you at risk for blood clots and ulcers.
Comprehensive ultrasound evaluations can be used in order to diagnose varicose veins and determine their severity.
What are the symptoms of varicose veins?
The most common symptoms experienced with varicose veins include night cramps, restless legs, leg fatigue and heaviness, itching, throbbing, and ankle swelling.
How can they be treated?
There are conservative measures that can be taken such as walking, compression hose and leg elevation which can help relieve symptoms temporarily. In most cases, these collapsed veins don’t serve any real function and removal could actually help improve circulation. Deep veins, however, cannot be removed.
Ultrasound technology can be utilized to help determine any risks with your varicose veins and identify the most appropriate treatment for your condition. From Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy to Endovenous Laser Ablation, there is a treatment that can work for you to reduce pain and the unattractive look of varicose veins.
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