What Causes Varicose Veins?


\"varicose-veins\"The dreaded varicose veins and spider veins – are we all destined to suffer from them? Who is at greater risk, and why do they arise? And even more importantly, how can we get rid of varicose veins or spider veins?

What New York City Patients Should Know about Development of Varicose Veins?

Varicose and spider veins are not independent diseases, but rather the symptoms of a condition called “superficial venous insufficiency”. A key component of this condition can be described as inability of the veins to return used blood from the lower extremities back to the heart.

The cause of superficial venous insufficiency is multifactorial and involves two major parts. First one is hereditary predisposition. The second element includes so-called “risk factors”: particular features of our body or life style, contributing to faster development of the disease. The most common examples of the above factors are increased weight, prolonged standing, multiple pregnancies, traumas or procedures on the lower abdomen or pelvis, lengthy immobility and many others. The former is called “non-modifiable” and the latter ones are called “modifiable” factor due to obvious reasons.

The above varicose and spider veins represent only two out of many other symptoms of superficial venous insufficiency. Coincidentally, they are also not the most common symptoms. Prevailing majority of people with venous insufficiency develop gradually heaviness and tiredness of their legs and feet, difficulties walking and particularly standing for prolonged periods, weakness, deep dull aches and discomfort. The other typical symptoms include restless leg syndrome, muscle cramps, swelling, brown pigmentation and bluish discoloration of the skin, numbness, perception of burning or coldness and many others.

If superficial venous insufficiency is left untreated, it gradually progresses to complications, such as thrombophlebitis, trophic ulcers, infections and bleeding. Persistent or recurrent trophic lesions usually undergo so-called “malignant degeneration”, or transformation into skin cancer.

Can I Prevent Vein Disease?

You may be able to slow the progression of vein disease by taking under control the above modifiable risk factors. A visit to a spider vein center or varicose vein center such as New York Vein Treatment Center should be a first step to evaluating your circulation and to identifying the best preventive and treatment strategies for both your health and your appearance. All components of the evaluation are painless, quick, and immediately provide conclusive information about your circulation. Any diagnostic or treatment modalities, including the most advanced technologies currently available, required for comprehensive circulatory evaluation and therapy are instantly available on site.

Shall treatment be required, all therapeutic procedures are available conveniently at the Manhattan New York Vein Treatment Center, and usually are performed well within one hour.

If you are in the Manhattan area, please call (212) 575-8346 for a consultation today.

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