According to a report by the American Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health, nearly half of U.S. adults have some heart or blood vessel condition. The report further details that heart and blood vessel conditions are linked to 1 of every three deaths in the U.S., killing more people than all forms of cancers and respiratory diseases combined.
According to statistics, about 30 million people in the US suffer from vein disease. If left untreated, varicose veins can gradually turn to severe Chronic Vein Insufficiency and worsen over time. While screening and diagnosis take about 15 minutes, only 1.9 million people seek treatment.
The other day I was talking with a woman that said her mother has had varicose vein for as long as she could remember, but she never considered treatment because she never felt pain. This is a comment I hear from a lot of people and is common in the way we view a lot of medical ailments. We usually only seek help or treatment once something is causing us physical pain. However, varicose veins are a medical condition that needs to be treated regardless if pain is a symptom or not.
Varicose veins have been associated with a number of symptoms that can affect your daily life on a regular basis. Many of these common symptoms of vein disease include: leg swelling or cramps, pain, skin discoloration and rashes near the ankles, and of course large bulging veins. The trouble with many of these symptoms, much like the disease itself, is that the onset of the symptoms are gradual as the disease progresses. Therefore, many people often do not always associate varicose veins as the cause for the discomfort and pain.
Pregnancy can be one of the most joyous experiences in life for woman, yet it can also be one of the most physically demanding experiences as well. For example, during pregnancy women go through several changes in hormones, blood levels and overall impact of activity on the body. It is typical that in the time of pregnancy and the time that follows, many women - particularly those who have had multiple pregnancies - may develop symptoms of varicose veins.