Symptoms of Varicose Veins

For the majority of sufferers, varicose veins are an unsightly and unpleasant, but relatively benign part of life. They are most identifiable by their appearance; however there are some other symptoms that may be helpful in determining the presence of varicose veins. Common signs and symptoms of varicose veins include: Heavy feeling in the legs Aching legs, especially in the

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Risk Factors of Varicose Veins

The primary risk factor for developing varicose veins is genetics; however other lifestyle factors can influence the formation of varicose veins as well. Other factors that contribute to the development of varicose veins include: pregnancy obesity prolonged standing leg injuries frequent crossing of the legs at the knees or ankles Varicose Veins occur more often in women than men, and

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Causes of Spider Veins

Spider veins refer to small blood vessels located near the surface of the skin and mucous membranes. The blood vessels become dilated and can easily be seen through the skin. The veins usually have a red or purple appearance and look like spider webs or tree branches. On the legs, spider veins usually form in the thigh area, around the

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What are Spider Veins

Spider veins, which are also called telangiectasias, are tiny visible blood vessels or broken capillaries just under the skin. They usually have form on the face, near mucous membranes, and on the legs, however they can form anywhere on the body. Spider veins are one of the most common vascular abnormalities and can take a few different forms. Sometimes they

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Causes of Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are caused by the failure of the internal valves to prevent reverse blood flow back into the vein.  In healthy veins, the muscles surrounding the vein support the vein in returning blood to the heart. This process requires the veins to work against gravity. The veins contain internal valves that prevent against reverse blood flow. For reasons that

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What are Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are veins that have become engorged and swollen. They are one of the most common health problems, especially for women and for people over fifty years old. To understand exactly what a varicose vein is, it is necessary to have a basic understanding of how the circulatory system functions. In the most simple terms, arteries carry oxygen-rich blood from

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Vein Problems

The two most common types of vein problems are varicose veins and spider veins. Both types of vein problems are generally harmless, however in some individuals they may result from an underlying medical problem called chronic venous insufficiency. Gender, age, heredity, and lifestyle factors can also contribute the development and prevalence of both varicose veins and spider veins. Continue reading

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