|Symptoms||The symptoms are often times cosmetic. Others include fatigue, restless legs, and heaviness in the leg. They can also cause aching, itching, throbbing, swelling, or a burning cramping sensation.|
|Medical Implications||Phlebitis, Thrombophlebitis, and Venous Ulceration|
|Treatment Options||Venous Ablation, Mechanical Chemical Ablation, Ambulatory Micro (Stab Phebectomy), Sclerotherapy, and Echosclerotherapy.|
|Risk Factors||Aging, long periods of sitting or standing, pregnancy, obesity, hormone therapy and birth control pills. Family history, previous surgery, injury, and a history of blood clots can also increase your risk.|
What are Varicose veins?
Varicose veins are abnormally enlarged veins that appear most commonly in the legs. They often appear blue, purple, or skin colored and look dilated, twisted, or bulging. Varicose veins are rope-like vessels that are caused by excess pressure due to improperly working valves. In some cases, a varicose vein may appear as a rust-colored stain on the lower leg. However, not all symptomatic varicose veins have visually obvious surface veins or other physical findings.
How do Varicose Veins develop?
Valves operate to prevent backflow as blood returns to the heart. When these valves malfunction the blood may pool in the veins and lead to varicose veins.
Who Gets Varicose Veins?
Varicose are very common in adults. Women are more thank likely to develop them than men. Varicose veins affect almost half of the adult population.