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Varicose veins are a common health condition that affects millions of people around the world. In fact, an estimated 25% of all adults have varicose veins.

If you or a loved one have varicose veins, or if you are interested in preventing the development of varicose veins within your body, you may have many questions about this condition, such as:

  • What exactly are varicose veins?
  • How do they develop?
  • What are the risk factors associated with varicose veins?
  • What are the different types?
  • What are some common symptoms of varicose veins?
  • How are they treated?
  • What strategies for prevention are most effective?

This beginner’s guide to varicose veins will answer these and other questions that you may have. First, let’s understand what varicose veins actually are.

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Skin is an amazing organ, a water-tight, flexible casing strong enough to provide protection from numerous forces.  When skin is healthy, it has an even color, an even texture, and feels comfortable. The healthiest skin appears to glow from within.

Most skincare experts agree that skin health requires careful attention to cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing with products specific to your skin type. While numerous people use these products, many are not achieving the results they were hoping for.

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Healthy veins remove waste products and direct blood flow to your heart and lungs. A series of valves lining the inside of your veins keeps your blood moving against the pull of gravity. As your muscles contract, the valves open to keep blood moving forward. When muscles relax, the valves close to keep blood from flowing in reverse.

Varicose veins are most often the result of valve damage. Once a valve fails to close securely, a condition known as venous insufficiency, leaking valves allow blood to flow downward towards your feet.  When damage occurs in the tiny blood vessels near the surface of your skin, you will likely notice the familiar web-like configuration of spider veins (telangiectasia). When larger veins are affected, the veins below the damaged valves can bulge, twist, and cause a significant amount of discomfort.

Unfortunately, far too many people living with the discomfort of varicose veins unnecessarily delay medical intervention. Some put off having their varicose veins treated because they don’t think their veins are damaged enough to justify treatment. Others mistakenly assume they would have to dedicate a significant amount of time to recover after surgery. While surgery is still the best option in some cases, doctors today are more likely to recommend minimally invasive varicose vein treatment.

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Your circulatory system relies on nearly 100,000 miles of blood vessels to deliver oxygen and nutrients throughout your body. While the blood-flow through your arteries is powered by the pumping of your heart, the veins directing blood back to your heart and lungs rely on a series of one-way valves. These valves defy the pull of gravity to keep your circulatory system functioning efficiently.

In healthy veins, these valves close completely to keep your blood from flowing downward towards your feet. When valves malfunction due to defect or disease, they can eventually cause a significant amount of discomfort and distress. Left untreated, vein disease can lead to a number of chronic health complications, including venous stasis ulcers.

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Venous Stasis Ulcers

Venous Stasis Ulcers

Venous stasis ulcers are painful, slow-healing sores on the leg that occur from backwards blood flow in the veins of the limb. They typically occur on the lower part of the leg at or above the onside of the ankle when blood pools and can’t pump back to the heart, a condition known as chronic venous insufficiency.

In some cases, venous stasis ulcers can lead to serious complications, such as necrosis or severe ulceration. Fortunately, there are treatments for venous insufficiency that can prevent the future development of venous ulcers.

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Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) happens when a thrombus, or blood clot, occurs in one or more of the deep veins in your body. While a DVT can form in other areas, they most commonly occur in the legs.

Though DVT typically causes leg pain or swelling, instances may also occur without symptoms, making them much harder to detect. DVT usually develops as the result of medical conditions that affect the way the blood clots or as a result of sitting for extended periods of time.

Left untreated, a DVT blood clot can break off and travel to the lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism, which is life-threatening. It can also lead to complications in the legs, such as post-thrombotic syndrome and chronic venous insufficiency.

Fortunately, a DVT is preventable, and it is treatable if discovered early.

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pressure on the veins

Varicose veins and spider veins are unsightly and uncomfortable conditions that affect many people, and, in the case of varicose veins, they can lead to serious complications. To help alleviate the symptoms of varicose veins, you may consider laser or surgical procedures that are designed to relieve pressure on the veins and promote better circulation.

Fortunately, there are many different types of vein treatments to choose from, and they can all be performed on-site at a vein treatment clinic. The recovery time is minimal as well, so you’re able to return to your normal routine in no time.

If you’re considering vein treatment, take a look at this guide to vein conditions, vein treatments and what to expect before, during and after your surgery.

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restless leg syndrome

Restless Leg Syndrome

Also known as Willis-Ekbom Disease, Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is a condition that’s characterized by unpleasant and uncomfortable sensations in the legs and an uncontrollable urge to move them. Restless leg syndrome has many possible causes, including venous disease, and effective treatment revolves around managing the symptoms to improve quality of life. So, if you’re suffering from RLS and are diagnosed with an underlying venous disease, there is hope for treatment and relief of symptoms.

While the severity may differ between affected individuals, most patients report symptoms that occur in the late afternoon to evening hours, with the worst effects occurring at night when the patient is resting. This can also occur when the patient is inactive or sitting for long periods of time, such as on a road trip.

Because the condition worsens during the night, RLS can cause sleep disturbances and difficulty returning to sleep after arousal. In many cases, moving the legs or walking can temporarily relieve the discomfort, but the sensations return once the movement stops.

RLS is classified as a sleep disorder, due to the symptoms being triggered by resting and worsening in the evening, and a movement disorder, since patients are forced to move in an effort to relieve discomfort. Though these classifications apply, RLS best fits the category of neurological-sensory disorder, since the symptoms and underlying condition are caused by the brain.

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beautiful legs with venefit

Benefits of Venefit (VNUS)

Approximately 1 in 4 adults suffer from varicose veins, the bulging, twisted veins that appear on the thighs, calves and feet. Varicose veins can be uncomfortable and unsightly, not to mention the burning, throbbing, cramping and swelling that many patients also experience.

Fortunately, the Venefit procedure is the latest development in varicose vein treatment, which can get rid of unpleasant veins with minimal discomfort and recovery time.

Find out more about the benefits of the Venefit procedure and how it can end your varicose vein and leg discomfort for good in today’s blog.

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evlt vs. rfa varicose vein treatment

Varicose veins are often a painful condition.  Your veins may become enlarged as a result of abnormalities in venous circulation. Varicose veins are typically located on the lower legs, and many people with this condition find them unsightly. In addition to the protrusion and discoloration of the veins on your legs, you can also experience heaviness and achiness in the legs, which can make work and daily activities much more difficult than it should be.

Fortunately, treatments are available for varicose veins that have proven to be effective. Two of the most popular treatments are endoscopic venous laser therapy (EVLT) and radiofrequency ablation (RFA). Learn more about your options and get an idea of which might be best for you with this handy EVLT vs. RFA comparison.

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