Varicose Veins: Not Just a Senior Problem
Varicose veins are typically associated with older women, but this stereotype can keep younger patients from detecting the problem and seeking the treatment they might need. The fact is that varicose veins can strike at almost any age, from the teen years right up to the geriatric phase. Because other factors besides age play a role in the development of varicose veins, it is important to understand the risks and symptoms so you can treat your varicose veins in the earlier stages.
Reason behind Varicose Veins
The culprit behind varicose veins is an underlying vein condition known as venous insufficiency. Veins, which are responsible for carrying blood back to the heart, contain tiny valves that keep blood moving in a single direction through the vessel. Because the veins of the lower legs have to work much harder to push blood back up to the heart, those vessels can become damaged over time. This allows blood to pool back inside the vein, leading to swelling and varicosity.
The “H” Factor
Those tiny valves typically wear out over years of use, which is why varicose veins are more common in the “over 60” set. However, another factor can also play a major role in worn out valves. Heredity, also known as the “H” factor, can be one of the primary reasons behind damaged veins. This means that if your mother or father suffered from varicose veins, you are more likely to do so as well.
Since genetics can play a key role in the formation of varicose veins, the condition can arise in even younger patients. The condition doesn’t play favorites by gender either; men are nearly as likely to develop varicose veins as women. Unfortunately, men are less likely to seek treatment for their veins, in part because they are convinced varicose veins are primarily a female problem.
While varicose veins can occur at any age, treatment for varicose veins can also be performed at any time. With a number of minimally-invasive varicose vein treatments available today, you can say goodbye to unsightly and often uncomfortable veins with little disruption to your daily life. In fact, the earlier you have your veins treated, the less likely you are to develop complications of your vein disease like leg swelling and cramping, skin changes and the formation of venous ulcers on the lower leg and foot.
At PCI Veins, we treat varicose veins in patients of all ages. We offer a variety of treatment options that allow us to customize your procedure to your unique concerns and desired outcome. Our proven therapies allow you to say goodbye to varicose veins permanently, with little risk, discomfort or downtime. To learn more about treatment options for varicose veins, contact PCI Veins at 319-774-8432.