Varicose Vein Risk Factors
Varicose veins are enlarged veins that are visible through the skin and may appear as blue knot-like cords. Any vein may become varicose, but the veins most commonly affected are those in your legs and feet.
The following factors increase your risk of developing varicose veins:
•Family history. If other family members had varicose veins, there’s a greater chance you will too. Genetics are the most common cause of varicose veins.
•Sex. Women are more likely to develop this condition because female hormones(or menopause) tend to relax vein walls. Hormone replacement therapy or birth control pills may also increase your risk. Men still develop varicose veins owing to the other risk factors.
•Leg Trauma. Varicose veins may develop if the valves in your veins are damaged. Damage or deformed valves reduce their ability to move blood back to the heart
• Age. Varicose veins increase with age due to the wear and tear on the valves in your veins that help regulate blood flow. Valves are weaker, and limit blood flow back into your veins instead of flowing up to your heart.
• Pregnancy. The growing fetus puts pressure on the veins in the mother’s legs. Veins often return to normal within one year of childbirth. Multiple pregnancies may cause permanent varicose veins.
• Obesity. Being overweight puts added pressure on your veins, which may cause varicose veins.
• Lack of Movement. Staying in one position for a long time (especially with your legs bent or crossed) may force your veins to work harder to pump blood to your heart, which increases your risk for varicose veins. People who stand or sit for prolonged periods of time, or who have professions involving lifting are at greater risk of varicose veins.
If you are looking for varicose vein treatment options in Mequon, spider vein treatment, or solutions for your leg pain in Mequon, look no further than the female doctors at Lakeshore Veins Center.
Dr. Bartel has more than 20 years of experience and knows how to create a personalized treatment plan to treat your leg pain in Mequon. We offer spider vein treatment, varicose vein treatment and treatment of other vein disorders in a spa-like atmosphere.
Varicose vein treatment options in Mequon may only be a simple procedure away.
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