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Why varicose veins happen?

At Illinois Vein Specialists we constantly see older people with this type of disease. Although many patients we treat are often older, this doesn't necessarily mean that varicose vein disease is an older person's disease or the result of age itself.  It's often the opposite, and while many of us think that these bulging veins happen because of age, the fact of the matter is that by the time you notice the larger veins, it has been the result of long-term damage and disease. Varicose veins can occur in patients in the early teens, actually we've treated several of them with severe venous hypertension. 

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Are Varicose Veins an Inevitable Consequence of Motherhood

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While many of us look forward to the joys of becoming a parent, there are several conditions that have a strong correlation with motherhood that are not quite so joyful -- stretch marks, swollen feet, constant worry, and varicose veins to name a few.  

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Taking a Closer Look at Health During Back to School Season

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While you are getting the kids ready for the upcoming school year – buying school supplies, making sure immunizations are up to date, and getting sports physicals – take a moment to check on their circulatory health. While it is more common among older adults, children can also develop varicose veins.

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What Can I Do to Fend Off Varicose Veins?

adult-aerobics-backlit-248139You saw them on your grandmother’s legs, and now you see them on your mom. What can you do to avoid feeling the same aching pain? Here are some of the strategies that may help you avoid or delay developing varicose veins:

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Runners’ Secret for Overcoming Leg Pain

francesco-gallarotti-2756-unsplashHave you ever felt like you had pulled a muscle in your lower calf about 5-10 minutes into a run? Maybe you have experienced pain, heaviness, aching, or swelling during or shortly after your runs. If you also have dark blue and purple veins that become curvy and bulge at the skin’s surface, your mysterious pain may be connected to varicose veins or chronic venous insufficiency.

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