What You Should Know About Varicose Veins

Varicose veins Varicose veins are one of the most common vascular conditions of the adult population in the United States. Varicose veins are a result of damaged valves in superficial veins, which can lead to the blue coloration you see on the surface of the skin. Here is what you should know about Varicose veins, including what they are, and how to live with them.

What Are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are essentially swollen blood vessels that appear under the surface of your skin. When your valves and vein walls are weak and have trouble executing their respective functions, blood can start to pool up in the veins, which causes the blue and purple colors you can see. This typically appears on legs and feet, and can sometimes be painful or itchy.

Who Is at Risk of Developing Varicose Veins?

Anyone can develop Varicose veins, but some individuals are more at risk and more likely to develop it. The factors that increase the chances of developing varicose veins include the following:

  • Weight
  • Lifestyle
  • Age

Individuals who are overweight or obese and are above the age of 60 are much more likely to develop Varicose veins as the added pressure of the weight can be too much for blood vessels. Those with a family history of Varicose veins also have an increased chance of developing varicose veins.

Treatment Options

There are numerous different treatment options. While there is no cure for Varicose veins, there is a way to reduce visibility and provide comfort. Treatment options include elevation, injection therapy, and laser therapy. Vein surgery may also help stop Varicose veins and reduce their appearance. The use of elastic stockings may also improve blood flow and reduce their appearance.

Schedule An Appointment Today

At Midatlantic Vascular & Interventional, located in Bowie, MD, our healthcare professionals are dedicated to helping you achieve a healthier and happier lifestyle. With state-of-the-art technology and equipment, we strive to provide the highest quality care, service, and results. If you’re interested in Varicose veins treatment, give us a call at 301-622-5360 to schedule an appointment. You can also visit us at midatlanticvascularcare.com for more information.

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