According to an estimate, 25% of adults all over the world have varicose veins. These veins are predominantly found in the lower parts of the leg. Therefore, they remain mostly visible and thus, creates a visual pollution. People especially ladies feel shy about it and that ultimately results in the loss of self-confidence. It is, therefore, important to get your varicose veins treated as early as possible. This, in turn, can assure 100% cure and no marks left out on the affected areas of your body.
You may be surprised to know that these veins are essentially the dysfunctional veins and can be seen in anyone at any age. Veins are actually the blood vessels. Except the pulmonary and umbilical veins, all other veins carry deoxygenated blood to the heart and therefore, allow only one-way flow of the same. Having said that, we mean there are one-way valves inside the veins that prevent two-way blood circulation. Hence, it is important to know the causes behind the formation of these veins so that you can take preemptive actions here.
Causes responsible for varicose veins:
- Failure of the valves inside the veins: This is the primary reason why varicose veins When the valves start malfunctioning, the flow of blood towards the heart gets restricted and some blood stays inside the veins. As a matter of fact, veins begin to swell and usually become prominent at the lower parts of the leg since these areas are the farthest from one’s heart. Due to malfunctioning of the valves, it becomes impossible for the veins to carry the blood upward in view of the gravitational forces. In consequence, veins get enlarged and become visible.
- Pregnancy: A pregnancy brings a lot of hormonal changes in the female body to support the growth of the foetus. In fact, the volume of blood flow substantially increases in the female body whereas the blood flow from the legs towards the pelvis area decreases. In other words, during the pregnancy, downward flow of blood is high, but the upward flow remains low. This causes pressure on the veins and forces them to swell for holding blood. Veins are thus enlarged and become prominent.
- Menopause: Ladies usually have menopause between the age of 45 – 55 and this is the time when ladies mostly develop varicosis. It is important to mention here that sexual activities like intercourse enhance the blood flow to the pelvis area. Menopause potentially reduces the sexual urge and, therefore, the frequency of the sexual activities reduce. This puts pressure on the veins and causes varicosis in them.
- Aging: With aging, the upward circulation of blood leading to the heart through veins decreases especially on attaining the age of 50. Hence, people become vulnerable to varicosis after this age.
- Long time standing job: Long time standing jobs put pressure on the veins as the upward blood circulation has to work against the gravitational forces.
However, obesity and inheritance are also known to be responsible for the varicosis.