Varicose veins typically occur when the one-way valves that prevent blood from flowing the wrong direction in the body begin to fail, allowing blood to flow backwards and pool in your veins. This, in turn, enlarges the veins, leading to their thick, swollen appearance and sometimes painful symptoms.
While faulty valves are the main culprit, five major factors contribute to the occurrence of varicose veins. Those varicose veins causes include:
If a parent or grandparent of yours had varicose veins, there’s a good chance you will get them too. Genetics play a big role in whether or not a person will get varicose veins, as people often inherit the weak vein valves of their family.
A traumatic injury, such as those that occur when playing contact sports or in serious accidents, can cause extensive damage to your veins and their valves, leading to varicose veins.
Certain stages of your life, such as puberty, pregnancy and menopause, are associated with drastic hormonal changes in the body. Major hormonal fluctuations, particularly in older adults, can contribute to the onset of varicose veins. The artificial addition of hormones in the body can also contribute to varicose veins, such as taking birth control pills or undergoing hormone replacement therapy during and after menopause.
Pregnancy in and of itself can lead to onset or worsening of varicose veins. Pregnancy causes the body to produce significantly more blood to nourish the growing fetus and the uterus also grows, applying pressure to veins. This, combined with major hormone fluctuations, can lead to varicose veins which might not go away after the baby is born.
Last but not least, obesity is a major risk factor for varicose veins. Excess weight places undue pressure on your veins, which can lead the valves to fail and varicose veins to form.
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