There are many types of vein conditions that people develop over the course of their lifetimes. Many people are genetically predisposed to develop venous issues and suffer with longstanding vein disease, where others breeze through life with just minor vein issues in later years. Anyone who has had vein disease for many years is at increased risk for developing Chronic Venous Insufficiency (often abbreviated as “CVI”). CVI is an umbrella term for the more advanced stages of venous disease. This would include swelling of the ankle and leg, or edema, stasis dermatitis and venous ulcer. Probably the most-common vein condition, and the one most people are familiar with, is the malady of varicose veins. A brief synopsis of each of these vein conditions is discussed below:
Varicose veins. We all know they’re those unsightly reddish, purplish, twisted veins that pop out of the skin. But what are the signs and symptoms of varicose veins? Do they come with age? If so, will everyone get varicose veins as they get older? What about young people? Can they get varicose veins also? How can you tell if you have varicose veins? Are they painful? Do they lead to other health complications? There are a number of symptoms of varicose veins, and their signs are pretty straightforward. However, not all such veins are considered varicose veins. Some of the veins that are visible under the skin are referred to as ‘spider veins.’ It’s important to know the signs and symptoms of varicose veins, and the differences between spider veins and varicose veins. Following is information from vein treatment centers in New Jersey about the symptoms, what to watch out for, and potential complications for those who suffer from severe symptoms of varicose veins.
Varicose veins are a very common occurrence as roughly 50 percent of the women in the United States and about 40 percent of the men will suffer from some sort of vein problem. Typically about half of the people who are 50 years of age and older will be affected by varicose veins. Veins in the body are vessels which carry nutrients and oxygen to the body cells via the blood. The veins also carry various types of waste products such as carbon dioxide away from the cells so that the cells do not become cluttered. Varicose veins can develop if steady blood flow is interrupted. This interruption can cause blood to pool in small amounts in the veins and the veins enlarge in response.
Common Treatment Options
There are ways to effectively treat varicose veins through lifestyle changes or medical treatment options. The goal is to relieve the symptoms, prevent complications from developing and improve appearance. Some simple lifestyle changes may be appropriate if there are no complications or if the condition is mild.