5 Risk Factors for Varicose Veins

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Are Varicose Veins Dangerous?

varicose veinsWhat are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins affect more than 30 million Americans. These type of veins are blue in appearance and bulge on top of the skin. They can be dangerous if they are not properly cared for.

The Dangers!

Yes, varicose veins are dangerous. People who have varicose are at risk for blood clots and ulcers. More people are realizing it’s not limited to cosmetic issues. If these veins are not treated in a timely manner, more serious problems can occur.

Spider veins are similar to varicose veins, spider veins appear bulky on the skin’s surface. Spider veins are fine lines that resemble a maze or fireworks in appearance.

What are the Complications?: The two primary complications are ulcers and blood clots.

Blood Clots: Blood clots are enlarged veins within the leg. Blood clots cause a person’s leg to swell considerably, and daily tasks, such as walking, can become a challenge. Blood clots can cause unbearable pain on a daily basis.

Ulcers: Ulcers are another concern for people who have varicose veins. Ulcers are painful and caused by fluid build-up in the tissues of the body. If you notice a discolored spot on your skin, this is one sign an ulcer will appear.

Blood clots and ulcers require the immediate attention of a medical physician. The longer these conditions are not cared for, the worse the condition becomes, more drastic measures may have to be taken.

What are the Risk Factors?

The factors that are associated with varicose veins are sex, age, family history, obesity, and having to stand or sit for long periods of time.

Age: As you age, the chances of having varicose veins increases. Aging is a natural process many people will go through. As you age, wear and tear occurs in the valves within the veins. Over time, wear and tear on the veins cause problems. Wear and tear allows blood to travel into the veins. When blood travels into the veins, the blood will collect instead of traveling to your heart.

Obesity: Obesity is an issue many Americans deal with on a daily basis. Being overweight causes many health issues. People who are obese exert extra pressure on their legs, causing these type of veins, difficulty walking, and other health concerns.

Sex: Women are more likely to develop this condition than men. Factors, such as pregnancy and hormonal changes put women more at risk for developing this condition.

Family History: Family history can play a significant role in your chances of developing varicose veins. If you have family members who have varicose veins, the chances of you developing them are greater than someone who does not have a family history of varicose veins.

Standing/Sitting for a Long Time:
Many people have jobs that require them to stand or sit for long periods of time. When you sit or stand for a long period of time, blood cannot flow as freely as it should.

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