What Every Woman Should Know About Her Varicose Veins

34729471_sAccording to a recent article at WomensHealth.com, vein issues are among the most common chronic conditions in North America.

Because we perform more minimally invasive venous insufficiency treatments in Central Pennsylvania than anyone else, Calcagno & Rossi Vein Treatment Center agrees with this article’s 8 things that every woman should know about her varicose veins. Here’s a summary…

  1. Varicose Veins Are Caused by Weakened Valves
    If your leg’s valves are weak or get damaged, they let blood flow backwards and pool in your veins, creating the bulging, swollen, ropey-looking veins that you see as varicose veins.
  2. Heredity Is Your Largest Risk Factor
    If your Mother had varicose veins, chances are, you will, too. In fact, many factors can increase your chance of getting varicose veins, but genetics is the primary reason. Other risk factors include being a woman, obesity, aging, and pregnancy.
  3. Varicose Veins Don’t Just Show Up in Your Legs
    While varicose veins are most commonly seen in your legs, different forms of varicose veins can be seen in other parts of your body. For example, spider veins can be commonly seen on your face.
  4. Lifestyle Changes Can Reduce Your Risk
    While many risk factors are out of your control, you can decrease your chance of developing varicose veins by maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding prolonged periods of standing or sitting. Wearing loose-fitting clothes and avoiding being in high heels for long periods of time can both aid your circulation.
  5. Varicose Veins Can Be Both a Cosmetic Issue AND a Health Concern
    The main symptoms of varicose veins include discomfort, heaviness, aching, tightness, fatigue, tiredness, swelling, as well as itching, burning, numbness, cramping, and restless legs. You should call one of the board-certified vein specialists at Calcagno & Rossi Vein Treatment Center if your veins are swollen and tender, have created some ulcers on your skin near your ankles, interfere with your daily activities, or one begins to bleed.
  6. You Can Help Yourself 
    You can minimize the appearance of unsightly varicose veins by keeping your feet elevated when possible, using self-tanners to decrease the difference between your leg color and the vein color, or using a concealer.
  7. You Have A Variety of Treatment Options
    In the 1980s and 1990s, vein stripping was popular for surgically removing varicose veins with general or local anesthesia. Today, you have a choice of quick, effective, minimally invasive treatments, such as Venous Closure® (the Venefit procedure) which brings state-of-the-art technology to an age-old problem, as well as the VenaSeal® Closure System, a revolutionary new treatment that uses medical adhesive glue to close damaged veins.
  8. If You’ve Had Varicose Veins, You May Get More
    While several treatments are effective at destroying a damaged vein, new varicose veins may occur in the future. However, accurate diagnosis and treatment of the initial problem can minimize these chances.

If you want to finally do something about the pain, the discomfort and the swelling of varicose veins, call Calcagno & Rossi Vein Treatment Center today at 855-510-3201 to make an appointment with one of our board-certified vein specialists. Or schedule an appointment online. We accept most insurance and Medicare for varicose vein procedures.

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