Dear Veins, we need to talk: Breaking up with your varicose veins
As an adult, there is a 1 in 5 chance that you have varicose veins. Just because these engorged veins are common, does not mean they are pleasant. Varicose veins are twisted and bulging veins that cause painful and uncomfortable symptoms. Veins become varicose due to weaknesses in vein valves.
The Main Causes
Varicose veins have risk factors that tell if you are susceptible to this progressive condition. For example, nearly 50% of the population over the age of 50 has varicose veins. Women over 50 average around 55% compared to men 45%. Women are only slightly more prone to varicose veins, contrary to popular belief. The slight percentile jump for women is due to female hormones that fluctuate vein walls making valves more prone to leaking. Also, pregnancy adds a high concentration of blood into a woman’s circulatory system while an expanding uterus adds pressure to main leg veins beginning at the pelvis.
Those over the age of 50 have a higher risk of developing varicose veins because vein walls over time begin to lose their elasticity. When vein walls become stretched out due to normal aging, valves are weakened. These inefficient valves allow blood to leak and flow backwards. Another risk factor concerning varicose veins is your occupation. Jobs that require long periods of standing or extensive hours of sitting may be causing you to develop varicose veins.This is because your blood does not flow as easily when you are stagnant.
Leg veins commonly become weakened or damaged because of the force of gravity, and the pressure on vein walls from years of walking, standing and sitting for long periods. Your circulatory system is made up of arteries and veins and is strengthened by healthy blood pressure and muscle strength. The heart’s arteries are the carriers of blood to the body and veins bring circulated blood full circle, back to the heart. The veins of your leg are working overtime against gravity.
Signs and Symptoms Associated With Varicose Veins
Obviously, the most telling sign of varicose veins are the appearance of swollen, enlarged veins in your legs. However, there are more signs and symptoms of weakening valves and varicose veins:
- General pain or aching in the legs
- Cramping or charley horses, especially at night
- Swelling in the legs, ankles or feet
- Feeling of heaviness or fatigue in the legs
- Sores or skin discoloration near the ankle
- Restless legs
- Itch or discoloration of the skin
New Vein Procedures for the Win
Putting an end to your varicose veins with modern technology is simple, and highly effective. Uncomfortable and/or painful symptoms will be greatly reduced with vein treatment. The newest procedures, performed at Alpha Vein Clinic, require minimal injections and minor incisions and leave patients with nearly no scarring, little to no bruising and minimal pain afterward. However, if treatment is avoided varicose veins can progress and have even worse complications such as venous ulcers and Stasis Dermatitis. You should seek a professional’s opinion if you notice swelling in your legs or ankles, varicose veins or spider veins, thickening or discoloration of the skin, and restless, cramping or itchy legs at night.
Procedure options at Alpha Vein Clinic include two different, successful, minimally invasive treatments. Endovenous Radiofrequency Ablation and ClariVein are known to yield fantastic, long lasting results. Dr. Sassan Kaveh of Alpha Vein Clinic in Las Vegas is an experienced vein specialist who will successfully help you break up with your pesky varicose veins. Call Alpha Vein Clinic in Las Vegas at 702-430- 7661 to take the first leap into healthy legs!
Alpha Vein Clinic
Vein Clinic Las Vegas
3150 N. Tenaya Way Ste. 400
Las Vegas, NV, 89128
(702) 430 7661
You Can Now Call Us 24/7