Veins are blood vessels that carry blood to the heart, from tissues throughout body. When a vein works properly, valves (flaps that open and close) inside the vein keep blood flowing in only one direction — toward the heart.
Anyone can develop varicose veins, but women are more likely to have them than men. Certain factors increase your chances of developing varicose veins, including:
A venous ultrasound is a simple, non-invasive method to thoroughly assess the veins of your legs. The ultrasound shows abnormal veins and sites of reversed flow (reflux), which are the cause of your varicose veins.
This information is essential to formulate a customized plan for you.
If concerned about the problems related to varicose veins noted above, a vascular assessment would be useful.
Varicose veins are abnormally large, twisted, bluish veins that bulge under the skin in the legs
Varicose veins occur when the walls of veins become weakened. The weakened walls allow the vein to get bigger. As the vein stretches, the valves in the vein can’t work like they should.
Varicose veins are branches of one of two main superficial veins called the greater (long) or lesser (short) saphenous vein .
The most recognizable symptoms of varicose veins include:
Even though your genetics play a part in your risk for varicose veins, there are things you can do to prevent them.
There are multiple approaches to treat varicose veins. Common approaches include removing the varicosities through stripping or via a microsurgical technique; injecting, burning varicosities with a laser to create thrombophlebitis (clotting) with scarring of the veins or collapsing the veins with glue.
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