Posted by Oze Parrot on 19th March 2006
Varicose Veins are an extreme form of Telangiectasia, the swelling of a group of blood vessels. Varicose veins commonly occur in the legs, appearing as dark colored, cord like veins that bulge 3 mm or more above the normal plane of the legs. The more severe cases of varicose Veins will produce very dark bluish, thick veins extending from the groin area to the ankles, and even into the feet.
Many people suffer from Varicose Vein Discomfort, the condition being more common among women, particularly older women, than men in general. Causes can include, pregnancy and menopause in women. Research has shown that Varicose Veins, can also be a hereditary condition.
Continuously standing, obesity, undue straining of the legs and abdomen, leg injuries and old age are also contributing factors to the development of Varicose Veins. The onset of Varicose Vein Discomfort, may also be a signal that a serious disorder is developing in the circulatory system, a medical examination should be conducted as soon as possible.
On it’s return jouney from the feet to the heart, the blood is pumped back up through a number of Veins in the legs. Inside these Veins there are a series of non return valves, situated at intervals throughout the length of the Veins. These valves assist blood flow by supporting the weight of the blood above them as it travels upwards, against the force of gravity.
As we get older, these one-way valves may become weak and are no longer able to support the weight of the blood in the chamber above. This allows blood to reverse flow which increases the pressure needed to keep the blood flowing upward and causes the vein to dilate.
Veins near the surface of the leg have no surrounding tissue to support them. Consequently, they become swollen by the pressure exerted on the vein walls, because of the abnormal amount of blood that the veins are forced to accommodate.
The Discomfort of Varicose Veins, initially, is the constant itching of the affected area which develops into a painful ache and a feeling of “legs like lead”. The skin around the Vein area may become discolored, the ankles become swollen and eczema outbreaks are also common.
Most instances of Varicose Varicose veins are primarily a cosmetic concern and are not a serious threat to one’s health, however, severe cases, especially those involving ulcers, do require medical attention.
Normally, the wearing of compression stockings is a benefit, as they efficiently help your leg muscles to move your blood. Worn during the course of one’s daily routine chores, compression stockings gently massage your leg muscles with every movement, assisting blood flow.
Compression stockings can be obtained at most pharmacies and are available in a range of compression strengths.
Recommendations to prevent the occurrence of Varicose Veins include: controlling your weight. Being overweight puts an unnecessary strain on your veins, particularly the ones in your legs.
Get some regular exercise. Walking, cycling and swimming are great ways to encourage blood circulation.
Take a few breaks during the day and elevate your legs. Lay back and put your feet up for ten minutes or so.
Do not adopt the one position for long periods, either sitting or standing. Move around every 30 minutes or so.
Make sure that your clothes fit you. Clothing, that is tight around the waist, groin area and legs can restrict blood circulation. Do not wear a girdle.
Finally, try to avoid sitting with your legs crossed. If you have a circulatory problem, sitting with your legs crossed will only exacerbate the condition.
Remember, your health starts with you.
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