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WHAT ARE VARICOSE VEINS ?

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Have you seen those thickened veins, entangling each other on someone’s legs? Are they making your beautiful legs shabby? Well, those veins are normally known as varicose veins. The word ‘varicose’ is derived from Latin word ‘varix’ that means twisted. Nowadays, varicose veins are a common problem and 1 out of 2 people mostly over the age of fifty are affected with this condition

It is very easy to recognize varicose veins due to their appearance. They are enlarged, entangled, swollen and palpable on the skin surface. Varicose veins are blue or purple in color and are most often found on the inside the legs and calf often. They originate from several different systems, including the greater saphenous vein, the short saphenous vein, the anterior lateral branch or the high extension branch.

SYMPTOMS OF VARICOSE VEINS

As mentioned above varicose veins are easily noticeable due to its appearance. However, there are also few symptoms that can tell your legs are affected with varicose veins that can be treated easily :

  • Burning, throbbing, cramps in muscles and swelling in the legs, specially lower parts.
  • Severe pain and feeling of heaviness in legs.
  • Dryness, redness, itchiness due to venous eczema.
  • Skin ulcer near the ankle.
  • Prolonged sitting or standing causes severe pain.
  • Minor injury causing more bleeding than normal.
  • Discoloration near affected area.

CAUSES OF VARICOSE VEINS

The main reason of varicose veins is venous insufficiency that often happens due to growing age and weak veins. Women face this problem more than men.

  • Aging, pregnancy and hormonal replacements.
  • Engaged in prolonged sitting or standing.
  • Obesity and lack of exercise.
  • Vein wall weakness causing the vein to enlarge so that the valves can’t close.
  • People who suffer from blood clots or deep vein thrombosis.
  • Absence of vein valve since birth.

WHAT IS NORMAL?

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We all know about how arteries and veins play a significant role in supplying purified blood to all parts of a body. Our heart pumps purified blood to reach all parts of the body through arteries. When oxygen is depleted from the blood, the unpurified blood is taken back to heart for purification through veins. These veins have valves that help the veins to maintain the flow of blood in upward direction against the force of gravity. These valves are like tiny taps that close when blood passes through it and do not allow blood to flow backward specially in legs.

With growing age and many other reasons that have been mentioned above these valves do not work properly causing unpurified blood to flow backward. Many times this blood remains in the vein that causes swelling in veins. To take this blood to the heart for purification veins need to put extra effort, which causes further weakening of valves and veins.

Varicose Veins treatment in Pune is now possible without gruesome surgery through Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) at the Karishma Vein Clinic that makes your legs painless and beautiful.