Should you be concerned about varicose veins?
Varicose veins are often described as diseased blood vessels that are abnormally dilated. More specifically, the valves located within the veins are diseased and do not fully close as required to prevent blood in the vein from “refluxing” or flowing in the wrong direction. This results in bulging veins in the legs which are often blue or purple in appearance. These varicose veins can cause pain, numbness and fatigue in the legs; and in more extreme cases can cause painful leg ulcers.
Smaller discolored veins are often referred to as spider veins because of their spider web like appearance. These veins are not painful, and usually are a cosmetic issue only.
Who is at risk?
As we age, the risk of developing varicose veins increases. Approximately 30 – 50% of adults suffer from the underlying condition, known as chronic venous insufficiency, or CVI.
Approximately 80% of patients are women and only 20% are men.
Contributing factors that put a person at risk of developing varicose veins include:
- Standing profession
- Being overweight or obese
- Hormonal issues
Some people do not have warning symptoms that varicose veins are actually developing. One thing is for sure: no one welcomes the appearance of varicose veins. The most common symptoms include:
- Muscle cramps in the legs
- Discoloration of the skin, especially a brown discoloration around the ankle area
- A throbbing, tingling or burning sensation in the legs
- Leg tiredness
- Swollen legs or ankles
- Developing leg ulcers
- A feeling of heaviness in the Itching sensation around the involved veins
At Advanced Vein and Vascular we offer several office based non- invasive options for the treatment of CVI and associated venous issues. To determine if you are a candidate for treatment please contact us today to schedule a consultation.
Contact us if you have any questions regarding your varicose veins.