Venous Disease Causes
What causes varicose veins?
Varicose veins and venous insufficiency develop when the blood flow in your legs ends up flowing backwards. This reversal makes it necessary for other blood vessels to work harder and needing to swell in order to accommodate the added venous blood flow. This swelling causes itching, burning and severe pain in your legs, especially your calves. The blood eventually pools in the feet and causes swelling of the feet and ankles, making walking difficult. It is difficult to prevent varicose veins because there is no one cause of the disorder. Let’s take a look at some of the major risk factors thought to cause varicose veins. The more factors that apply to you, the greater your risk of developing varicose veins later in life.
Most Common Factors That Lead To Venous Disease
Though simple, these venous disease causes should not be overlooked.
- Gender – Women are more likely to develop varicose veins. This is thought to be connected with pregnancy, menopause changes and the use of birth control pills. This could be related to hormonal factors that take place with these events.
- Age – People over the age of fifty are more likely to develop varicose veins. Aging of the body extends to the circulatory system. As you age, veins become clogged, they start to weaken and sometimes simply cease to function as they should.
- Occupation – Having a job that requires standing on your feet for long hours is another risk factor. If the job requires standing in one place for long periods, the risk is greater than if you are walking because the blood tends to pool in the legs and feet, creating more pressure on these veins.
- Obesity – Obesity often increases the chances of blood vessels becoming clogged. When this happens, there is an added chance that the blood flow hits a spot where it needs to partially flow backwards because there isn’t enough room to pass through the vein.
- Other Medical Issues – Conditions like Rheumatoid Arthritis or heart disease can increase your risk. These diseases lower the effectiveness of veins to handle the flow of blood properly.
- Heredity – If a parent or sibling suffers from varicose veins, the chances that you will increases. It hasn’t yet been determined where the genetic factor comes into play.
- Injury – Any injury to the legs or feet can cause damage to the blood vessels, resulting in eventual problems handling blood flow. Athletes who suffer repeated injuries are most at risk.
Assess your Risk Today
At the Vein Institute of Utah we ensure all venous disease causes are accounted for in our assessments.
It is never too early to assess your risk. In fact, the younger you are when you start taking measures to reduce the risk, the greater the chance you will have of minimizing the chances of developing problems. Working with a professional will make it possible to put as many preventative measures into play as possible. By assessing your risk and making lifestyle changes now, you may be able to lessen your chances of developing varicose veins as you get older. Make an appointment today at the Vein Institute of Utah to get evaluated and see if your are at risk with venous disease causes.