Varicose veins are veins close to the surface of the skin that have become enlarged and misshapen. They often appear as ropey or bulging veins that protrude from the skin and are usually dark purple or blue.
Though varicose veins are generally a cosmetic issue, they can occasionally cause pain and discomfort, especially after long periods of standing or walking. This discomfort can range from heavy, fatigued legs and itching to swelling, burning, or throbbing.
While arteries carry blood away from your heart, veins carry blood to your heart. Varicose veins are weakened or damaged veins that are unable to force your blood up from your legs strongly enough, allowing blood to flow back down into your legs and pool, stretching and twisting the veins.
There is also growing evidence that suggests estrogen impacts varicose veins, placing women in general at further risk for them. In addition, prolonged standing, walking, or sitting with crossed legs can exacerbate varicose veins, making a multitude of industries risk factors for many individuals.
Unfortunately, varicose veins cannot be reversed, and, depending on your risk factors—such as family history or gender—you may be unable to prevent them completely. However, there are a variety of measures you can take to reduce their prominence, mitigate any discomfort, and perhaps even minimize their progression.
Varicose veins can be stubborn to manage and unsightly. Some remedies, such as those mentioned above, can help minimize pain and discomfort and keep you moving.
Varicose vein risk factors that increase your chance of developing a blood clot include:
If you are concerned about the appearance or severity of your varicose veins, CardioVascular Health Clinic can help. The team at Cardiovascular Health Clinic specializes in vein disorders and diseases, and can determine if you are at an elevated risk for complications from your varicose veins. We also offer a wide array of medical options for treating your varicose veins. Call us today at (405) 701-9880 or fill out the contact form below.
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