- Varicose veins can occur in almost anyone and affect up to 35% of people in the United States.
- The most common cause of varicose veins is genetic predisposition.
- More than a cosmetic issue, varicose veins indicate the presence of vein disease.
Having seen varicose veins in your family members might make you feel as if it is normal. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. In actuality, the majority of varicose vein cases are hereditary, and leaving them untreated could lead to serious consequences, even death. And, it effects both men and women.
It all begins with the heart. Your cardiovascular system delivers oxygen and nutrients from the heart to the rest of your body. Between heartbeats, blood flows from the upper chambers of the heart to the lower chambers, and then to the arteries. Arteries carry blood away from the heart and throughout the body while veins bring blood back to the heart.
Leg pain can be caused by many causes, of which most can be classified as neurological, musculoskeletal, orvascular. Although you should work with your healthcare provider to identify the cause of any consistent pain you may feel, be aware that vascular issues can become serious or life-threatening if left untreated. Let’s take a closer look at one vascular condition that can cause leg pain:
Does your mother have bluish veins twisting and turning on the surface of her legs? As we age, the appearance of varicose veins is much more common especially in women. In-fact, recent data shows that varicose veins affect more than 22 million women over 40 in the US. The force of gravity overpowers the valves in the veins that are intended to guide blood flow from your body’s tissues to your heart. As they become damaged, the veins become misshapen and blood often pools in the lower legs, causing an achy pain and other issues.