Veins are the building blocks of the circulatory system and they serve the purpose of collecting, distributing and storing blood around the body in its various states of rest or physical activity. Veins achieve this function by a variety of characteristics such as elastic walls and leaflet valves that regulate blood flow and direction.
A varicose vein is when a healthy vein bulges, protrudes, discolors the skin above it and loses some of its characteristics resulting in irregular blood flowing through the vein. With normally functioning valves blood is not allowed to flow backwards, but reflux in an unhealthy vein results in a varicose vein where a weak/leaky valve, thin (inelastic) vein causes blood to flow the wrong way, swell up the vein and leaves a red starburst, spider web or ropy marks on the skin. Varicose veins are prone to occur around the ankles and calves in the legs.
Initially the only consequence of varicose veins is the visible change but then pain, discomfort, itching, and occasional burning sensations are felt by the patient. Varicose veins can be treated in a variety of surgical and non surgical ways, but results are known to vary. Usually a patient will feel as if their legs are heavy and swollen, especially with women who are peaking on their menstrual cycle.
Various other complications also come hand in hand with patients suffering from varicose veins. Such individuals are more prone to phlebitis, internal blood clotting and deep vein thrombosis due to lack of healthy blood flow in their veins. Long term effects of varicose veins result chronic venous insufficiency which increase pressure in the veins of the leg and if left untreated will cause fluid to leak out of the vein into the surrounding tissue resulting is ulcers. The skin also becomes hard, darkens up and may even bring about infections.
Varicose veins are not genetic or disease oriented but in fact results from various lifestyle factors such as prolonged standing or sitting, excessive sedentary habits and obesity. Sometimes hormonal changes, expanding of the uterus and increased pressure on pelvic blood vessels may increase the chances of varicose vein problems. The above factors hence determine that women are more predisposed to get varicose veins as compared to men.
There are various treatments both surgical and non surgical for varicose veins in Dubai. Support stockings, daily exercise, natural dietary supplements and a healthy lifestyle may reduce the chances of varicose veins almost completely. But for those who suffer from mild varicose veins, can steadily reverse or stop the worsening of their condition.
Other surgical procedures for treating varicose veins involve removing or shutting down the affected vein altogether. The body will always find another way to reroute blood to all organs and tissues.
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