What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are enlarged, protruding veins that are visible on the legs or other parts of the body.

Varicose veins can often indicate an underlying vein disease that, if caught early on, can be stopped in its tracks.

Causes of varicose veins

Genes play a significant role in vein health. If a patient’s parents or grandparents have varicose veins, there is a 90 percent chance the patient will also develop a vein condition. Varicose veins are brought about by excessive pressure caused by the backward flow of blood in the veins. When our valves slow down in function, they are unable to carry blood to the heart. As a result, the blood builds up in the veins, causing varicose veins. Other factors that contribute to vein disease include hardening or long-lasting scars in the vein, as well as deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

Healthy vein

Varicose vein

Common symptoms

  • An achy or heavy feeling in the leg
  • Leg pain and/or discomfort
  • Leg throbbing
  • Itching or burning sensation in leg
  • Leg swelling
  • Leg cramping
  • Onset of early muscle fatigue
  • Restlessness of leg

These symptoms usually occur as a direct consequence of vein disease. At United Vein Centers, our physicians’ goal is to identify and treat the root cause of a patient’s vein disease. Once the root cause is identified, our physicians can determine the best procedure to alleviate the patient’s symptoms.

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