Varicose veins occur when your veins don’t function as they should. Healthline explains, “Veins have one-way valves that prevent blood from flowing backward. When these valves fail, blood begins to collect in the veins rather than continuing toward your heart.” When this happens your veins will enlarge causing the appearance of varicose veins.
If you have varicose veins, know you’re not alone! They are four times more likely to occur in women than men and they affect one out of two people over the age of 50. The good news is there are ways you can manage them and prevent them from getting worse. Follow along as we explore ways to prevent and manage varicose veins.
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Causes and Symptoms of Varicose Veins
Varicose veins most often affect the legs. This is because the veins in your legs are the furthest from your heart and gravity makes it more difficult for the blood to flow upward. Varicose veins can be caused by family history but they can also be caused by obesity, menopause, and by being over the age of 50. Finally, standing for long periods of time can also cause varicose veins.
The most common symptoms of varicose veins are very visible, misshapen veins. Some people also experience pain, heaviness, swelling, and achiness around the enlarged veins. In severe cases, ulcers can form if the veins bleed significantly.