A Serious Vein Disease That Gets Worse With Time And If Left Untreated, Can Lead To Deadly Blood Clots
Over 24 Million Americans are suffering from varicose veins. What people should know is that varicose veins are not just a cosmetic issue. They are a serious medical condition that only gets worse with time, leading to potentially deadly results.
What Are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are the purplish or blue enlarged veins you can see bulging out of someone’s leg. Any of the body’s veins can become varicose but varicose veins most often develop in the feet and legs.
Veins appear in the lower legs most often because walking and standing raises the pressure in the veins of the lower part of the body. This increased pressure puts more stress on the vein walls in your legs, causing them to expand and become varicose.
What Causes Varicose Veins In Legs?
One of the causes of bulging and painful veins in the legs is high blood pressure inside your superficial leg veins.
The veins in our legs transport blood back up towards the heart. Inside the veins, there are little valves that are supposed to prevent the blood from flowing downwards and accumulating in the legs.
The problem begins when high blood pressure in the vein damages the valves, making them weak. Once the valves have weakened, blood is allowed to flow downwards.
This blood becomes trapped and starts to accumulate in one area of the vein and causes the vein to bulge. And this is a varicose vein.
Some additional causes or risk factors of developing varicose veins in legs include:
Based on statistics, more women reportedly have enlarged veins than men, but it will typically affect both men and women who are between the ages of 30 and 70.
Why Are Women More Prone To Having Varicose Veins?
In women, the risk of developing enlarged veins during pregnancy is high because as the uterus grows, there is additional pressure on their major veins. In turn, this causes additional pressure within the leg veins.
Additionally, the increased progesterone levels in pregnant women, coupled with the increased amount of blood in their body, adds even more strain on their leg veins.
During pregnancy, it is common for women to develop large bulging veins. Within one year after child birth their veins usually return to their normal size.
Women have a higher chance of developing permanent veins if they have gone through more than one pregnancy.
MULTIPLE PREGNANCIES CAN CAUSE PERMANENT VARICOSE VEINS
What Are The Symptoms Of Varicose Veins?
Are Varicose Veins Dangerous?
Varicose veins are more dangerous than people tend to think. Blood clots have a higher chance of forming inside your enlarged, diseased veins.
This is very dangerous because blood clots in diseased veins can result in permanent vein damage that can eventually lead to leg ulcers and wounds that do not heal.
The most significant danger with a varicose vein blood clot is that it can travel to your lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism – which can be fatal. The blood clot could also travel towards your brain and cause a stroke which can leave you disabled and can even take your life.
Tampa Varicose Vein Treatment
When looking for a vascular surgeon in Tampa that can remove your varicose veins, it is very important to choose a Board Certified Vascular Surgeon because they have had more rigorous training in vascular surgery than other vein doctors.
You also should choose a vascular surgeon with privileges in major hospitals because they can treat you in a hospital setting if necessary.
Here at The Vein and Vascular Institute of Tampa Bay all our vascular surgeons are Board Certified in Vascular Surgery and have privileges at major hospitals in Tampa.
Our vascular surgeons remove diseased veins using minimally-invasive methods that leave minimal to no scarring at all and offer very fast recovery time.