Millions of people in the US suffer from varicose veins; A painful symptom of vein disease that may start with swollen and unsightly veins mostly on lower legs, leg pain and cramps, leg heaviness or swelling, burning or itching, skin discoloration or restless and if left untreated can lead to even more serious complications such as blood clots or Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).
There are certain factors that increase the risk for varicose veins and aging is one of them as wear and tear can weaken valves. But there are certain other conditions that increase the risk for varicose veins such as pregnancy, hormones, obesity, heredity or lifestyle. Women tend to get varicose veins more often than men. The factors that may cause varicose veins in younger people are given below:
Gender: Women at a higher risk than men
Hormonal changes put women at a higher risk than men for developing varicose veins. Puberty, pregnancy, menopause or birth control pills may increase a woman’s risk of developing varicose veins.
Pregnancy: Hormonal changes & size of uterus
During pregnancy a woman’s body goes through a lot of physical and hormonal changes. Increase in the size of the uterus puts pressure on the surrounding veins. Hormonal changes may also cause weakening of valves in the veins contributing to the development of varicose veins.
Obesity: Additional pressure on veins
Obesity puts additional pressure on the body including the vein and vascular system which may lead to enlarged veins, causing damage to the valves in the veins that facilitates upward flow of blood to the heart.
Lifestyle: Standing or sitting for long hours
If your job requires you to sit or stand for long hours you are at a higher risk for developing varicose veins. If you already have varicose veins you may notice that your symptoms worsen after sitting or standing for long periods which may include discomfort, burning, pain or cramps in your legs or swelling in your ankles and feet.
So if you are a younger man or woman suffering from painful varicose veins don’t delay treating this condition believing only seniors get varicose veins. Call (888) 628 9389 to schedule a consultation with one of our leading vein or vascular specialists. Treatments at USA Vein Clinics are covered by Medicare and most insura.nce plans