Varicose veins affect millions of American every year and are more common in women as compared to men. Varicose veins are caused by dysfunctional valves in the veins that affect blood circulation and cause many painful symptoms. If left untreated these symptoms can lead to serious complications. There are certain conditions and factors that contribute to the development of varicose veins:
- Family history of varicose veins: Many patients ask their provider this question: “Why do I have these unsightly veins on my legs?, I know my mom and dad had them but why I have them?” A Swedish study answered all these questions as it revealed one particular gene FOXC2 that has been linked to lower extremity venous valve failure. So if you know or just found out that your parents or most people in your family have varicose veins keep an eye on your legs too.
- Pregnancy: According to a Phlebolymphology.org at least 15% of pregnant women get varicose veins during pregnancy. Hormonal changes and increase volume of blood can contribute to the development of this condition. Women with a family history of varicose veins are at a higher risk of developing this condition during pregnancy. It’s important to keep an eye on varicose veins throughout pregnancy.
- Professions: Some jobs require you to stand or sit for long hours. A study published in The International Journal of Nursing Practices this year found the prevalence of varicose veins among nurses to be remarkable. Read more to find out how different professions contribute to the development of varicose veins.
- Leg Injury: Leg injuries are not one of the most common causes of varicose veins. But sometimes direct trauma to the leg can cause the superficial vein lying just under the skin to become more damaged. This can result from a sports injury, a workplace injury, a car accident that injured the leg.
At USA Vein Clinics we offer a minimally invasive and non-surgical vein treatment called Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT) performed as an outpatient procedure and the patients can resume normal activities immediately after the treatments. Treatments at USA Vein Clinics are covered by Medicare and most insurance plans.
So if you are suffering from painful varicose veins, leg pain or cramps, itching or burning in the legs, leg swelling, skin discoloration or restless legs syndrome call (888) 628 9389 to schedule a consultation with one our leading vein specialists.