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Varicose Veins, Wikipedia

Tuesday, August 3, 2010 At 6:10PM

"Varicose veins are veins that have become enlarged and tortuous. The term commonly refers to the veins on the leg, [1] although varicose veins can occur elsewhere. Veins have leaflet valves to prevent blood from flowing backwards (retrograde). Leg muscles pump the veins to return blood to the heart, against the effects of gravity. When veins become varicose, the leaflets of the valves no longer meet properly, and the valves do not work. This allows blood to flow backwards and they enlarge even more. Varicose veins are most common in the superficial veins of the legs, which are subject to high pressure when standing. Besides cosmetic problems, varicose veins are often painful, especially when standing or walking. They often itch, and scratching them can cause ulcers. Serious complications are rare. Non-surgical treatments include sclerotherapy, elastic stockings, elevating the legs, and exercise. The traditional surgical treatment has been vein stripping to remove the affected veins. Newer, less invasive treatments, such as ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapyradiofrequency ablation and endovenous laser treatment, are slowly replacing traditional surgical treatments. Because most of the blood in the legs is returned by the deep veins, the superficial veins, which return only about 10 per cent of the total blood of the legs, can usually be removed or ablated without serious harm. [2] [3] Varicose veins are distinguished from reticular veins (blue veins) and telangiectasias (spider veins), which also involve valvular insufficiency, [4] by the size and location of the veins. Many patients who suffer with varicose veins seek out the assistance of physicians who specialize in vein care. These physicians are called phlebologists.´╗┐"  To read the entire Wikipedia entry for Varicose Veins, click here.

Causes Of Varicose Veins

Tuesday, August 3, 2010 At 6:05PM

"Varicose Veins tend to appear at the back of the legs, making you feel uncomfortable wearing short shorts or skirts. They are uncomfortable, painful and frustrating to have and getting rid of them is difficult. They are usually blue or purple in color and can be lumpy and thick. Women have a higher risk of developing varicose veins compared to men.

Varicose veins are caused by a number of things:

Inheritance is one of the causes of varicose veins. If our family has a history of varicose veins than it is possible that we are going to get them too. It comes down to our genes. And while most of the time varicose veins are not dangerous or painful, they do cause discomfort to some people.

Damaged valves that are inside the veins can also cause varicose veins. The valves don't allow the blood to be pumped all the way to the heart and instead it gets sent to the veins. This can lead to varicose veins because the pumping of the blood is having a difficult time fighting with gravity´╗┐." To read the entire article by Katarzyna Radzka, Helium, click here.

Varicose Veins Explained

Tuesday, August 3, 2010 At 6:00PM

"Varicose veins are gnarled, enlarged veins commonly seen in the legs and feet, although any vein can become varicose. We asked vascular surgeon Dr. Paul Meyer with North Central Heart was causes those veins to bulge. Dr. Paul Meyer with North Central Heart says, "It happens because of weakened vein walls and an increase in pressure on the vein. It happens for a variety of reasons but the most common is saphenous reflux. A bad valve in the greater saphenous vein fills the rest of the leg with blood the big vein and smaller branches as well. Most common in women because during childbirth the increased pressure in abdomen tends to make the valve go bad. That happen more often than in men, but men will also have. Usually they are younger and only have them on one side. We have had men in, but mostly it is women who are affected. People complain of fullness in the leg and swelling, heavy aching in the leg after a full day of standing up and gravity has pulled blood into these little veins or big veins. It becomes sore and painful at the end of the day. " To read the entire article by KSFY, click here.

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