At enhanceskin, we’ve been treating clients with varicose veins in Nelson & Marlborough for quite some time. When a patient presents with visible or even non-visible varicose veins, one of the questions we get asked most frequently is ‘Why’? Understandably, you want to know what might have caused your varicose veins, but we can’t always hang our hat on one thing. In this article, we thought we would take a look at some varicose vein risk factors. Read on to find out more.
Varicose Vein Risk Factors – A closer look at causes:
Veins form an essential part of the circulatory system, returning blood to the heart after body cells exchange waste products for Oxygen. Varicose veins, however, are a sign of an underlying problem. Varicose veins may develop through a combination of underlying factors; weakened vein walls, high venous pressures, and faulty valves. Healthy valves open to allow blood flow, then close to stop it flowing backwards. When this malfunctions, the blood pools, creating a bulging knotted look. That said, there are some varicose vein risk factors to be aware of.
Being overweight can contribute to a whole raft of health issues. And varicose veins are no exception. Carrying those extra kilos can put extra pressure on your circulatory system, eventually leading to the development of varicose veins.
A change in hormones can often lead to varicose veins. That is why we see so many pregnant women or mothers of young children present with varicose veins. Lots of young Mums think they will leave varicose vein treatment until after their families are complete. But we caution against this as worsening varicose veins will make future pregnancies very uncomfortable. It is easy to fit in a non-surgical treatment with David, between babies, to make your legs much happier.
We also see women who have experienced hormonal changes through menopause at our vein clinics in Nelson and Marlborough.
We all know it’s good to keep moving. That’s why your ‘smart’ wearable devices track your steps and prompt you to stand if you’ve been sitting for too long. But it’s not just desk jobs that contribute to a higher risk of varicose veins, so too do those that require you to be on your feet all day.
To limit the varicose vein risk factors of a sedentary lifestyle or job, it’s important to keep the blood flowing. If you sit for long periods of time, do set alarms to prompt you to get up and stretch your legs throughout the day. And if you’re on your feet all day, do try to literally ‘pop your feet up’ during your tea breaks.
Now, please don’t think that young people can’t get varicose veins. At enhanceskin, we’ve treated teenagers from as young as sixteen. But it stands to reason that as you age, your body starts to show signs of wear and tear and vein valves that help regulate blood flow are no exception. Thus putting you at risk of varicose veins.
And here is the main contender in the varicose vein risk factor stakes. Dr Orsbourn firmly maintains that the main cause of why you will develop varicose veins over another person who won’t boils down to the genetic card you are dealt in life! If your parents or grandparents have suffered from varicose veins, there is a higher likelihood that you will too.
If you have visible varicose veins or are suffering from painful, tired or heavy legs, talk to us about a FREE full doctor’s vein assessment, and a scan to determine the most suitable treatment for you. Your treatment plan also includes follow-up appointments for twelve months afterwards.
Contact us to book your appointment with David!