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“Too young to get Varicose veins” – A myth debunked

Varicose Veins treatment

At Avis Vascular Centre, the varicose vein experts say that this is a sentiment often heard during their initial consultation with their patients.

People come to the clinic with swollen legs and complain of leg pain. Our radiologists perform a venous health screening which includes a physical examination and an ultrasound doppler test to analyze the vein health by looking beneath the skin surface. In many cases, they find the cause for the discomfort in the legs attributed to a condition called “Chronic Venous Insufficiency.” Due to this condition, the valves in the leg veins or the venous walls fail to function effectively. Following this the blood circulation gets affected causing it to pool around the veins. As the condition progresses, it may lead to varicose veins.

When patients in their early 40’s, 50’s or even younger in their 20’s are informed about this, their normal response would be, “But, I am too young to get varicose veins.”  Their concern is reasonable as varicose veins may not be yet visible on the surface. However, an analysis of the ultrasound report will clearly show the presence of deceased veins and help with the diagnosis. 

In this blog, we will discuss the relation between age and varicose veins. We intend to explain who can get this condition, and why it occurs. This information can benefit you as you seek the finest treatments available near you.

Risk factors in young adults

  • Pregnancy 

Pregnancy is the most common cause of varicose veins in young women. During pregnancy, the blood volume in your body increases to provide your baby with oxygen and several nutrients needed for its growth and development. This increase in blood volume can stretch your veins out and cause the veins to swell. Moreover, your growing uterus also puts pressure on the large vein that carries blood back to the heart from the feet and legs. These factors may weaken the valves and further lead to varicose veins.

Furthermore, high progesterone levels during pregnancy is proven to have an impact on the weakening of blood vessels.

  • Obesity

Excess body weight increases strain on the veins and adds pressure to the circulatory system. Weakening of valves and veins occur as the system works extra hard to carry blood against that extra weight. Sometimes blood flows backwards and starts pooling in veins which later progresses into Varicose veins.

Lack of exercise or sedentary lifestyle increases your risk of developing varicose veins. 

  • Genetics 

Your unique genetic composition determines the strength of the valves, veins, and the muscular density. Some may be born with weak veins, slower blood flow or other genetic factors leading to faulty veins. 

Consequently, an important factor to consider while assessing the vein risk would be heredity. Research shows that if both your parents had varicose veins, you have a 90% chance of developing them. If only one of your parents had, still you have around 30%- 60% chance of getting them.

So, whatever be your age, if you are diagnosed with varicose veins or other vein related problems, understand that you do not have to endure it silently. State-of-the-art treatment options are available at Avis Vascular Center which can help customize your treatment and aid in curing those deceased veins.

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