Your veins are one of the main structures of your body’s circulatory system, the system that moves blood throughout your body. Your heart pumps blood into your arteries, which are the vessels that carry blood away from your heart and throughout your body. From there, the blood enters your veins, which are the vessels that transport the blood back to your heart to continue the cycle.
Many people can see their veins through their skin, especially people of pale complexions. However, some conditions produce visible veins that can be concerning for your health, comfort and overall self-image. Read on to learn what causes vein disease, some of the symptoms and what you can do to prevent and treat it.
Venous disease is the result of compounding issues involving one’s veins. When veins become damaged, they allow blood to collect and flow backward when the muscles relax, hindering the circulatory system. This causes pressure to increase in the veins, which makes the veins swell and twist. Other results are decreased competency in the valves, weak blood flow and the potential formation of blood clots. As these issues build up, they can lead to several disorders, including venous disease.
This disease is quite common, with Johns Hopkins Medicine reporting nearly 15% of the population in the United States is affected by a type of venous disease called varicose veins. While most people are safe from health risks associated with venous disease, the symptoms can grow in severity, leading to serious and even life-threatening conditions such as thrombophlebitis.
The causes of vein disease, specifically varicose veins, is from weak or damaged valves within the veins. It results in enlarged, twisted veins, most often occurring in one’s superficial veins in the legs. Superficial veins are the ones that are close to the skin’s surface, as opposed to deep veins, which exist within the body’s muscles.
The veins in your legs must fight against gravity to return the blood to your heart to continue the cycle of the circulatory system. This can lead to weakened, damaged valves over time. Weakened valves let blood flow backward and pool in the veins when your leg muscles relax, causing the veins to stretch, twist and increase in size. People with varicose veins can easily see them, as they are highly visible beneath the surface of the skin.
There are a few risk factors that can contribute to the cause of varicose veins, including the following:
Spider veins are a common, milder variation of varicose veins. The name comes from the thin, spiderweb-like appearance of the superficial veins of the legs and sometimes the face, hand or chest.
Spider veins are “dead-end” veins that become visible under the surface of the skin as blood flows back into them. The factors that raise one’s risk of getting varicose veins are the same ones that contribute to the cause of spider veins. The major difference is their appearance, but they can still lead to discomfort and a reduction in one’s quality of life.
Vein disease has many symptoms, some more common than others. It is important to know about all the symptoms because some people may be afflicted with a venous disease without experiencing any pain. Here are the two main visual signs of venous disease:
Many people will experience physical discomfort from having a venous disease like varicose veins or spider veins. Here are some of the more painful symptoms you should be aware of:
If you are experiencing the symptoms of a venous disease like varicose veins or spider veins, your doctor can suggest various treatment methods to help you take the next step toward greater comfort. Here are some ways you can treat venous disease to lessen the unpleasant symptoms:
If you have yet to experience venous disease, you should do what you can to reduce your risk of getting it. Here are some preventive measures you can take:
At Texas Vein & Wellness Institute, our mission is to compassionately diagnose and treat vein disease for our patients. We have developed our process to ensure you feel comfortable and confident during your visit, every step of the way. We will help you understand your exact situation, and our skilled doctors will provide the results you are looking for.
Contact us today to take the next step toward experiencing relief from venous disease.
Request an Appointment or Free Screening with a TXVWI specialist.
11221 Katy Fwy #115, Houston, TX 77079Get Directions
5585 Weslayan St, Houston, TX 77005Get Directions
635 Medical Pkwy, Brenham, TX 77833Get Directions
3333 Bayshore Blvd #260, Pasadena, TX 77504Get Directions
1920 Country Pl Pkwy #110, Pearland, TX 77584Get Directions
9303 Pinecroft Dr #350, The Woodlands, TX 77380Get Directions