Vein disease is a major untreated medical condition that is also commonly misunderstood. In typical healthy veins, there is continuous blood flow from the limbs back to the heart, and the role of the valves in the veins of the legs is to prevent the backflow of blood. When someone has venous insufficiency, this means there is a backward leakage of blood flow due to damaged valves. Commonly, sufferers of venous disease have associated symptoms such as leg aches, cramping, heaviness, swelling or restless legs.
Perhaps the best way to approach vein disease is to look at the common causes to help you identify certain circumstances in your life that may be the largest contributors to venous disease.
Heredity: Heredity is the primary and most common cause of vein disease. If your parents or grandparents suffered from varicose or spider veins, then it’s likely that you will inherit the disease as well. It’s a good idea to look into your family’s past medical history to see whether or not you are at risk.
Pregnancy: Pregnancy is the second most common cause of venous disease. There is a direct correlation between hormones, multiple pregnancies, and vein disease. However, only a single treatment is typically required to relieve the symptoms, with recurrence of the same varicose vein being virtually impossible.
Lifestyle: Your lifestyle can directly affect how at risk you are for getting vein disease. Obesity and injury are two common factors that may lead to spider and varicose veins. Muscle weakness or inactivity can also be leading factors.
Age: Aging naturally causes wear and tear on vein valves that are meant to regulate blood flow. However, symptoms typically occur early on and are common in younger people as well. Venous disease may become more obvious with age, but should be treated as soon as it is discovered.
If you think that you may have vein disease, don’t let the pain hold you back any longer! The minimally invasive vein procedures at Artemis Colorado – Vein & Cosmetic Center can treat the primary cause in a quick, painless, one hour procedure that will leave your legs looking better than ever. Contact us today for your free consultation—we are available to schedule you 24 hours a day.