Many people think of their varicose veins and spider veins as primarily a cosmetic issue. They might regret the bulging blue veins prevent them from exposing their legs, but they attribute them simply to the process of getting old. They do not seek medical attention, thinking mistakenly of their veins as of purely cosmetic matter.
Firstly, you should know that if you have varicose veins or spider veins, you are not alone – so do 20-25% of women below the age of 40 and nearly 40% of women over 50. And vein disease does not affect only women; 20% of men over 50 also have significant vein problems. It is estimated that over 25 million Americans have varicose veins or disorders responsible for their development.
Secondly and more importantly, while varicose veins are not considered a great health risk per se, they do indicate presence of a profound circulatory abnormality, which in turn is an actual disease and is, therefore, responsible for not only further progression, but also for development of serious consequences. So, what can happen when the veins that are supposed to pump used blood upwards, back to your heart, do not do it anymore? Furthermore, instead of delivering this blood upstream, the diseased veins allow it to drain downstream. As a result, our legs receive “recycled” blood: with no oxygen, but with an excessive amount of end-metabolites, such as for example lactic acid etc. Additionally, this blood is being infused under elevated pressure. All of the above triggers multiple symptoms, such as pain, swelling, fatigue, heaviness, muscle cramps, burning and such, and eventually leads to development of numerous complications. Formation of different types of blood clots, bleeding, a wide range of infections, non-healing lesions, trophic ulcers and even malignant tumors are just some of the examples of these complications.
Varicose and spider veins, therefore, are not an annoyance, but an early sign of serious medical condition, affecting not only appearance, but also your entire circulatory system, your health, your ability to work productively and to enjoy your lifestyle.
The cosmetic aspect of varicose veins and other venous diseases is a concern. No one should ever be ashamed of a desire to look better. The appropriate approach to vein disease is much more than just worrying about appearance. It is about feeling better, improving circulation and, therefore, becoming healthier and happier.
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