As a result of their upright stance and a lifestyle with too little exercise, human beings are the only life forms that suffer from the widespread problem of diseased veins.
A lack of exercise and too much standing or sitting places considerable pressure on the venous system. The muscle pumping action no longer adequately supports the return of the blood. A genetic predisposition, obesity, and increasing age are also contributory factors. Multiple pregnancies provide further unfavorable conditions. Due to these factors, the veins become increasing distended and the valves can no longer close properly. The blood flows backwards and the superficial veins, which are not held in place by muscle or bone, become distended and appear as snaking varicose veins.
What are Varicose Veins?
The word varicose is a medical term used to describe unnaturally and permanently distended veins. These veins will never regain their natural elasticity, which makes them unable to transport the blood properly.
WHAT ARE THE FIRST SIGNS OF VENOUS DISEASE?
Tired legs, swollen ankles, tingling and itching, or stabbing pain in the legs may be the first signs of varicose veins developing, even before anything is to be seen. Because the blood is no longer flowing back to the heart quickly enough, liquid from the veins escapes into the surrounding tissue. Swelling occurs, especially around the ankles. If you notice such swelling every evening, regardless of what you were doing during the day, it is very likely that your veins are already damaged. If you can see swelling on the surface of your skin, you already have superficial varicose veins.
WHAT VEIN DISEASES ARE THERE?
Thrombosis If the return flow of blood to the heart is impaired, there is a greater danger of blood clots (thrombi) forming on the vessel walls. These clots block the vein and thus prevent the return flow of blood. Further damage to the venous system is incurred. The first signs are swelling of the lower leg, which may be accompanied by overheating, pain and a feeling of heaviness. Treatment by a doctor is imperative, as it can lead to a clot entering the lungs which can be a life threatening pulmonary embolism.
Leg Ulcer Because the oxygen-deficient blood in the veins is not transported away, the exchange of nutrients and waste products is impaired. This leads to cells being seriously damaged and tissue dying off. Chronic wounds (leg ulcers) can be the result. Healing these type of chronic wounds is linked to addressing the cause of the condition: distended varicose veins.
WHAT IS THE PROPER THERAPY FOR YOUR VEINS?
Compression stockings and a healthy lifestyle for your veins Venous diseases cannot always be cured. Unfortunately, defective venous valves and distended veins cannot be returned to their previous condition. The two options available are invasive treatment, in which the defective veins are sclerosed or surgically removed, and conservative compression therapy.