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Varicose Veins: What You Need to Know

Here at The Vein Clinic, we know veins so well that you could almost say it’s in our blood. We specialize in the treatment of cosmetically unappealing bulges of the blood vessels known as varicose veins. This common vein ailment affects up to 3 million people a year. Here, in addition to the video, we’ve compiled some of the basic information that you should know about varicose veins and how you can prevent them.

What Are Varicose Veins?

  • Varicose veins are swollen, enlarged, gnarled, and bulged blood vessels.
  • They are usually blue or dark purple with hints of red.
  • They mostly occur in the legs and feet.

What Causes Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins have a variety of causes, which are mostly preventable. Being aware of the causes of varicose veins helps you to practice good prevention habits.

  • Varicose veins are caused by faulty valves in the blood vessel which prevents blood from flowing effectively.
  • Heightened blood pressure can be a contributing factor.
  • Age causes your veins to lose elasticity, causing them to stretch and weaken, increasing the chance of varicose veins.
  • Being overweight adds pressure to your veins, putting you at a higher risk for varicose veins.
  • When you’re pregnant, the volume of blood flow throughout the body increases, but the flow of blood from your legs to your pelvis decreases. This causes pressure to rise and blood flow to slow in your lower extremities, similar to being overweight.

When Do Varicose Veins Require Immediate Attention?

There are certain instances when varicose veins cause other underlying issues that require immediate medical attention:

  • Ulcers may form near varicose veins, especially near the ankles. Ulcers are caused by long-term fluid buildup caused by increased blood pressure.
  • Blood clots can occur when varicose veins affect blood vessels deep with the legs.
  • Bleeding can be caused by varicose veins that are very close to the skin’s surface. As mild as the bleeding may be, due to the risk of it reoccurring, it is best to see your doctor as soon as possible.  

How Can You Prevent Varicose Veins?

It’s best to practice prevention methods before varicose veins become a problem. To minimize the chance of developing varicose veins, utilize these preventative treatments:

  • Exercise has been proven to reduce your chances of developing varicose veins.
  • Along with exercise, diet and weight management go a long way.
  • Maintain a low-salt, high-fiber diet.
  • Avoid wearing compression or tight clothing.
  • When possible, elevate your legs and change your sitting and standing positions regularly.

Tired of Your Varicose Veins? Contact the Vein Clinics of Utah

We are proud to employ the region’s leading vein specialists who offer the highest quality treatment options to our patients, and we’ll work with you to find the option that’s best for you. For more information about The Vein Clinic, or to schedule an appointment, call us at 801-337-5855. You can also contact our Ogden clinic and our Riverton clinic directly online.