Veins may not enjoy the same attention as other parts of the body, but they play an essential role in transporting blood to the heart to be oxygenated and are as prone to problems as any other body part. As around half of the population will have a problem with leg veins in their lifetime, this is an area of health care treatment that deserves to be centre stage.
Anyone can develop leg vein problems, although the risk for women is double that for men. Apart from thread (spider) veins caused by malfunctions in the tiny veins called capillaries, the most common leg vein conditions people look for help with are varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency, both caused by a problem with the circulatory system.
Experts claim that nearly 90% of the population suffer from thread veins at some point in their lifetime, and around 40% will, by the age of 50, have either visible or hidden varicose veins. Caused by faulty valves in veins failing to keep blood moving through the one way system, the result is fluid pooling which in turn stretches the veins, leaving them both prominent and painful. Varicose veins are linked to genetics, pregnancy and obesity.
Chronic Venous Insufficiency [CVI]
Varicose veins occur when blood pools at a surface level, but when the poor blood drainage occurs deeper in the tissue the condition is known as chronic venous insufficiency. Usually triggered by a historical thrombosis, CVI tends to make legs swell rather than veins, and the treatment tends to be based around aids such as support hosiery.
Treatment for Varicose Veins
Losing weight and elevating legs can help, but the most effective treatments involve medical intervention. Contemporary medicine offers innovative and less invasive options, with day surgery heat and foam techniques which are light years away from the traditional method of stripping veins.
Anyone concerned about leg veins should seek advice from a qualified doctor. Ask for personal recommendations or do some online research to find a convenient clinic which offers a range of contemporary procedures. For example, in Cheshire varicose vein treatments are available at http://www.veinsolutions.co.uk/.
Why put up with the pain and restrictions leg vein problems can bring when simple and effective solutions are close at hand, and treatment offers improvements in health, mobility and self confidence?