Millions of people around the globe are affected by varicose veins, but few actually know what they are. Appearing under the skin like little, bulging cords, usually in the legs, varicose veins are an easily noticeable condition.
There’s no single cause for their appearance, and everyone’s experience of them is different. Some people have skin riddled with varicose veins, while others only have a small patch. For some people they are merely an aesthetic problem, while for others varicose veins cause pain and cramping. In either case, varicose veins can develop into more serious problems if left untreated. That’s why Via Vascular is passionate about helping people in Seattle and surrounding areas get varicose vein treatment.
Nearly 75% of the body’s blood is found in your legs. To return this blood to the heart, your leg veins must work against gravity. Muscles in the leg squeeze the veins to help push blood upward. Small valves in the veins open to allow the blood to flow upward toward the heart and then close to prevent it from flowing backwards.
Due to age or hormones, sometimes these vein walls lose elasticity, causing them to stretch. This often keeps the valve from closing all the way, allowing blood that should be moving towards the heart to flow backward. As a result, blood collects in the veins, causing them to enlarge and become varicose.
Veins lose their elasticity for a variety of reasons. Many people are more inclined to get varicose veins simply because of their genes. Others may get it because of their profession. Here’s a brief list of some of the most common causes:
• Jobs that require lots of standing
• Inactive lifestyle
While an active lifestyle goes a long way in preventing varicose veins, they are inevitable for many. On our site, you’ll find a variety of minimally-invasive treatment options. Take a look around, learn more about varicose veins, and contact one of our specially trained physicians today.
If you want even more information, we encourage you to watch our informational video below.