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Helpful Guidelines For Understanding Varicose Veins

By Jason Reich

The Main Causes Of Varicose Veins

Individuals who deal with varicose veins, may not feel any pain, but may feel awkward about showing off their legs. These veins are abnormally large and twisted and show up close to the skin. They are most often not serious, but can sometimes lead to other complications.

What are some of the causes of this type of vein? Well, in order to understand what these veins are, and how they form, you have to understand how blood flows through the body. Blood will circulate through your veins in order to help the heart keep pumping. The healthy circulation of blood is what keeps your heart beating without complication.

When blood moves toward the heart through one-way blood vessels, there are valves that help push the blood in the right direction. You can think of these valves as small passage areas that close off one the blood has left the vein so that the blood does not reverse in the wrong direction. There are several reasons why these valves may not work as well anymore. When this happens blood stays inside of the vein instead of moving forward toward the heart.

When these valves inside the veins tire, they swell and are unable to do their job correctly. As a result, the veins swell and even twist. This is how these veins are ultimately formed.

The most common areas to experience these veins are in the ankles, feet and legs. These areas are low, far from the heart so it takes more energy to pump blood through these veins. The harder the veins have to push, the more likely they will wear out over time.

The weakened veins take on a dark shade of color. They often feel bumpy and uneven when felt above the skin. They are not often painful, but can be. They can become painful especially after long periods standing or sitting. If you suffer from these veins, you may feel like your legs feel uncomfortable and heavy. You may even feel swelling in the areas with these veins.

These veins are the result of genetics, obesity, pregnancy or old age. Being overweight puts much more strain on the body and the veins to pump blood to the heart. When you stand or sit for a long time, this also increases the pressure on the lower portions of your body to pump blood.

Although these veins are not normally serious, in some cases they can result in serious pain. Variation of skin color around the veins can occur. The skin can feel thin and inflammation can occur. Bleeding after a simple injury can also be the case as well.

However, varicose veins are common and usually do not cause a serious problem for those who deal with it. In some cases, these veins can be an indicator of other problems. In order to rule out more serious problems, consult your health care provider. Your doctor will examine the areas that have these veins. Your doctor will see different areas for tenderness, sores and skin breakage. If these veins are not typical you may need further testing.

Locate the different causes of varicose veins by looking online. There you will learn why you may have varicose veins or even how to avoid getting them. Head online today and learn more.

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Reich, Jason "Helpful Guidelines For Understanding Varicose Veins." Helpful Guidelines For Understanding Varicose Veins. 23 Jun. 2010. uberarticles.com. 25 Jul 2014 <http://uberarticles.com/health-and-fitness/helpful-guidelines-for-understanding-varicose-veins/>.

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