Am I too young to have vein disease?

Vein disease occurs when one way valves in veins become weakened or damaged. These one way valves are meant to assist blood flow up the leg and back to the heart. There are a number of risk factors that contribute to varicose veins. It is true that vein valves become weakened with age, but that does not mean that only older individuals suffer from vein disease and/or varicose veins.

What Are Varicose and Spider Veins?

Varicose veins and spider veins are a sign of underlying vein disease.

Varicose Veins:

are gnarled and enlarged veins

commonly occur in the legs

may be an indication for high risk of other circulatory problems

are blue, green or flesh toned

are often painful

Spider Veins

are smaller, red, purple and blue vessels

are dilated capillaries on the skin, resembling spider legs

are common among pregnant women

are easily visible through the skin on the legs or face

can indicate deeper varicosities beneath the skin’s surface
It is typical for individuals to associate vein disease, varicose and spider veins with the elderly. Sometimes symptoms go misdiagnosed because the signs are associated with different conditions. Symptoms include: a heavy feeling in the legs, swelling, throbbing, cramping, itching, especially around the veins, pain that gets worse when you sit or stand for lengthy periods and, if the condition progresses, skin discoloration and ulcers.

How Does Vein Disease Develop in a Young Person?

Vein disease is caused by a number of different risk factors and can appear at virtually any age. The idea that varicose veins are reserved for an older age is false. It’s true that the risk increases after age 50 because valves in veins weaken with time but young adults can indeed develop varicose veins, too. This is because the primary cause of vein disease, responsible for 80% of cases, is heredity. Family members who have had varicose veins are a telling sign that you are far more likely to develop these enlarged, swollen veins. Other risk factors include pregnancy, excessive lifting , standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time, a sedentary lifestyle and hormonal changes.

Not To Worry!

The only way to get rid of vein disease and it’s symptoms for good is by seeking professional treatment. Treatment options at Alpha Vein Clinic in Las Vegas are minimally invasive and nearly painless with short recovery times. It is recommended that no matter your age, if you have signs, symptoms, or appearances of vein disease, you should seek out a vein specialist’s opinion. At Alpha Vein Clinic, our physician, Dr. Sassan Kaveh is highly trained and has extensive experience in vein disease of the legs. Treatment is personalized to your specific needs, and recovery time can be as little as 48 hours. Call Alpha Vein Clinic today at 702-430- 7661 to set up an evaluation and consultation, at your convenience. Let our caring staff get you back to healthy legs, at any age.