How do you get varicose veins?

Jo Wagner Google + - Friday, February 12, 2016

The fundamental problem is that you have not chosen your parents wisely!

If both parents have varicose veins you have an 80% chance of getting varicose veins and if one parent has varicose veins you have a 50% chance. If neither parent has varicose veins you still have a 20% chance. So there is not much you can do about that aspect but there are other factors that are important.

How do you get varicose veins on your legs?

Varicose veins are caused by faulty valves within veins that allow blood to pool. They show up, most commonly on people’s legs, as knobbly veins, twisted and dark or blue in colour. There are a number of conditions that are linked to varicose veins including:
Pregnancy: Pregnancy increases the volume of blood in your body, but decreases the flow of blood from your legs to your pelvis. Often the varicose veins that appear with the first pregnancy settle down after delivery but the likelihood of them persisting increases with each subsequent pregnancy.
Weight: Being overweight is also a risk factor in the development of varicose veins as it puts added pressure on your veins.
Lack of movement: Standing or sitting for long periods of time also seems to aggravate varicose veins. Some occupations that involve a lot of standing, hairdressers and retail workers, are prone to become affected.
Lack of exercise and being immobile for long periods, like being confined to bed, can also contribute to varicose vein development.
People who have previously suffered from a clot in one of the deeper veins are also at greater risk of developing varicose veins.
Age: As you get older, your veins can lose elasticity, causing them to stretch. The valves in your veins may become weak, allowing blood that should be moving toward your heart to flow backward What isn’t a risk factor is crossing your legs – it’s an old wives’ tale!

Why do you get varicose veins?

Veins, together with our arteries form part of our circulation system. Our veins return blood from the rest of our bodies to our hearts, so the blood can be recirculated. The leg veins must work against gravity to return the blood up to the heart.
The primary underlying problem is that sometimes the valves within the veins do not function as they should. Normally these valves only allow the blood to flow upwards in the vein but when they are faulty the blood flows back down towards your feet.
Blood pools in your veins and your veins enlarge and this pressure eventually shows up on the surface of your skin as varicose veins.
Fortunately, at Vein Doctors Group, we have a team of experienced professionals including Dr Paul Varcoe. We offer the most advanced treatments and procedures to give you the best solution for you specifically.

Feel free to contact us today and arrange for a consultation to see how we can best help you.

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