Causes and Risks of Vein Disease
If the veins in your legs are swollen and painful, you are not alone. Vein health is extremely important to your overall health, and understanding this common venous issue, can help you find the right treatment.
Vein disease is caused when a valve in your vein does not circulate blood to your heart. This causes blood to flow backward and pool in your legs, leading to uncomfortable or painful symptoms. Damaged or weakened valves can make the surrounding valves work harder, contributing to more valves malfunctioning.
While vein disease is not life-threatening, it can cause pain, cramping, or swelling that affects your quality of life. If left untreated, vein disease can lead to more serious conditions, including venous ulcers or deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
What Causes Vein Disease?
There are various aspects that may influence the development of vein disease such as:
- Standing or sitting for long periods of time – staying in the same position does not promote healthy blood flow
- Current or former smokers – smoking weakens your veins, reducing blood flow
- Lack of exercise – living a sedentary lifestyle can lead to muscles not being able to pump blood successfully
What Are the Risk Factors of Vein Disease?
Anyone can develop vein disease, however, there are some risk factors that increase your risk, such as:
- People over the age of 50 – age puts more strain on your veins causing them to weaken over time
- Women – hormone changes make women more at risk than men
- Pregnancy – increased blood volume during pregnancy can enlarge your veins
- Obesity – extra weight can put more pressure on your veins
- Family history of blood clots or vein disease – genetics plays a key role in the development of vein disease
- High blood pressure – can increase your risk of vein valves malfunctioning
Find Relief at USA Vein Clinics
At USA Vein Clinics, we offer non-surgical, minimally invasive procedures to treat vein disease and the symptoms that come with it. Once you schedule your appointment, you will meet with one of our vascular specialists who will diagnose your condition and will provide the best treatment option for your condition. Our staff will be available throughout the procedure and recovery process to answer all of your questions.