At DHR Health Vein Institute, we understand how embarrassing and painful varicose veins can be. These veins are extremely common and can range from mild to severe in appearance. They appear when the valves in your veins fail to open and close as they should. When these valves fail, instead of propelling blood to the heart, the blood flows backward and pools up, creating the appearance of varicose veins.
This is usually a purely cosmetic problem but can cause pain if there is a more complicated reason for their appearance. It’s important to get a proper diagnosis when varicose veins begin to appear.
Although many people suffer from varicose veins, did you know that certain factors make you more susceptible to them? Being aware of these factors can help you recognize these veins on your body and prepare you to prevent or improve their appearance.
1. Gender plays a role
Varicose veins are much more common in women than men. This is because of hormonal changes due to pregnancy, menopause, or hormonal birth control. Exercise and elevating your feet regularly can often improve the appearance of the veins and make them less noticeable.
2. Lack of exercise can be a cause
If you are not getting enough physical exercise, it’s likely you will suffer from varicose veins. Exercise increases circulation and can decrease the swelling associated with these veins.
3. Genetics can help you prepare
If you have family members who suffer from varicose veins, there is a good chance you will, too. Like many conditions, genetics plays a role in the appearance of varicose veins. Although it’s unfortunate to know this condition runs in your family, this knowledge can help you begin early prevention right away. It can also motivate you to prepare for a treatment plan if and when the veins start to appear.
4. Age is a big factor
Age has always been a big factor in the appearance of these veins. While there are some people who experience them in their early 20s, varicose veins typically appear in older individuals. If you’ve been experiencing the veins for years, don’t be discouraged; there are always treatment options available to reduce their appearance.
At DHR Health Vein Institute in McAllen, TX, we offer a variety of treatment options to reduce the pain, swelling, and overall appearance of your unwanted veins. Contact us today to book an appointment so that you can discuss your options!