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What Causes Varicose Veins?

Person sitting in shorts showing their varicose veins Varicose veins are enlarged, swollen veins that often appear on the legs and feet. But what causes varicose veins? Varicose veins become more visible when the veins become overfilled with blood. It causes them to bulge and twist. 

Although varicose veins might be an aesthetic concern, if left untreated, they can also cause discomfort and more significant health problems. You can prevent varicose veins and receive successful treatment by knowing their causes.

What Causes Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins develop when the valves within the veins malfunction. Veins carry blood back to the heart, and valves within the veins prevent the blood from flowing backward. When these valves fail to function properly, blood can pool in the veins. It can cause them to enlarge and become varicose. 

Several factors can contribute to this condition. Primarily, family history plays a significant role. If your parents or grandparents had this condition, you are more likely to develop them as well.

Women are also more prone to developing varicose veins, partly due to hormonal changes during pregnancy, pre-menstruation, or menopause. Hormones tend to relax vein walls, and hormonal treatments, such as birth control pills, may increase the risk.

Treatments for Varicose Veins

Treatments for varicose veins vary based on the severity of the condition and the patient’s overall health. For mild cases, lifestyle modifications can help manage symptoms. Regular exercise, weight loss, and avoiding prolonged periods of standing or sitting can improve circulation and reduce vein pressure.

In sclerotherapy, surgeons may inject a solution into the varicose veins. It causes them to scar and close. Over time, the treated veins fade. Sclerotherapy is effective for smaller varicose veins and spider veins.

Lastly, laser treatments use strong bursts of light to close off smaller varicose veins and spider veins. The laser light makes the vein slowly fade and disappear without any incisions or needles.

Book Your Varicose Veins Treatment in Spring Hill, TN

Varicose veins can cause discomfort and affect your quality of life, but effective treatments are available. If you’re experiencing symptoms or are concerned about the appearance of your veins, call us at 615-445-3000 and schedule an appointment with the Trident Vein Center

Our experienced specialists can provide a thorough evaluation and recommend the best treatment options tailored to your needs. 

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