1. Pregnancies, obesity, hormone replacement therapy, the use of female oral contraceptives as well as occupations that require a standing position are additional causes of varicose veins.
2. Females usually have multiple risk factors for the development of varicose veins, about three fourths of the persons who have varicose veins are women and 25% are men.
3. Varicose veins are a problem that can be successfully treated but the disorder cannot be permanently cured.
4. Sclerotherapy is the treatment of varicose veins by injection of the veins with chemicals that cause destruction of the veins.
5. Depending on the size of the vein and area, several treatments are necessary for the veins disappearance.
6. Veins, whether they be deep, invisible under the surface of the skin, or visible on the surface, enlarge for one reason only; increased pressure exerted on the thin walls of the veins by an increased volume of blood.
7. Deep Vein Thrombosis DVT is a blood clot that usually forms in the veins of the lower leg, or calf, and can extend to involve the large deep veins of the legs.
8. As with any wellness program, exercise is an important component of prevention. A consistent exercise program can help promote circulation and improve muscle tone.
9. Avoid standing for long periods of time. This will reduce pressure on the valves in the veins in your legs.
10. If you are pregnant or if your occupation puts a lot of stress on your legs, wear support stockings or flats. High heels are the ultimate “don’t.”