Varicose veins affect people of both genders and all ages. Our veins have valves in them that normally stop blood from flowing backwards. When these valves fail, blood pools in the veins.
If you’re wondering what causes this to happen, you should know that it’s usually a combination of factors. Understanding what brings them out can help you avoid varicose veins or stop them from getting worse.
Congenital Heart Valve Conditions
There are a slew of syndromes and diseases that affect heart valve function. If you’ve inherited a heart problem and it was never corrected, you may be at risk of developing varicose veins.
Pregnancy nearly doubles a woman’s blood volume. This, coupled with weight gain, increases blood pressure in the legs and places enormous stress on the vascular system.
Women who have had several children are at higher risk of varicose veins than their childless counterparts or those who only had one child. If you’d like to avoid spider veins, being conservative with your family planning may help you.
The huge hormonal shifts associated with menopause are thought to increase the likelihood of varicose veins, but lack of activity and exercise could also play a part in why spider veins appear around the time of menopause. To lower your chances of developing them, a healthy and active lifestyle is the best course of action.
Standing Up for Long Stretches
Waitresses, nurses and others who stand on their feet all day long are at an increased risk of varicose veins. If you must work a standing job, walk around, squat or occasionally jog to keep the blood moving and lower the strain on your legs.
If possible, put your feet up on breaks and at lunch time. On your days off work, get plenty of rest and exercise in moderation.
Being Overweight or Obese
Extra weight places extra pressure on your vascular system, especially your legs. To avoid spider veins, aim to keep your weight within the normal range. If you’re already overweight, make a commitment to losing it and keeping it off.
Spider veins are caused by many different factors, some of which we can control. For example, weight and an active lifestyle can save you the discomfort and embarrassment of varicose veins.
If you already have varicose veins and want to discuss treatment options, contact Advanced Vein & Laser Centre today for an appointment.