Essential Facts of Varicose Veins

Essential facts and useful information for folks suffering from Varicose Veins

Are you suffering from Varicose Veins? Is it bothering you a lot? Unable to bear the pain and discomfort? Well, don’t panic with the proper treatment at right time, a varicose problem can be cured of its root cause; Understanding all about varicose veins helps you in prevention and curing.

What are varicose veins?

The bulging or enlargement of veins is called as varicoses or varicosities. It also occurs when veins become dilated, & overfilled with blood. During this condition, varicose veins appear swollen and raised, with bluish-purple or red color. Also, they are frequently painful.

This condition is most commonly seen in women. Nearly one-fourth of adults have varicose veins and in most of the cases, they appear on the lower legs.

Facts about varicose veins

  • Most pregnant women are susceptible to varicose veins.
  • The risk of varicose veins in more in people who are overweight
  • Aching legs, spider veins, and swollen ankles are some of the symptoms of varicose veins

Causes of varicose veins

The improper functioning of veins leads to varicose veins. Typically, veins have one-way valves that prevent the flow of blood from backward. Due to the failure of these valves, blood gets collected in the veins instead of continuing towards the heart. Further, veins become enlarge and often affect the legs. The distance of veins from the heart is very far and gravity makes it difficult for the blood to flow upward.

The following are the other causes of Varicose Veins

  • Pregnancy
  • Age over 50
  • Menopause
  • Obesity
  • Standing for long periods of time
  • Family history of varicose veins

Symptoms of varicose veins

In most of the cases there will be no pain, however, the symptoms of varicose veins include:


  • Twisted, swollen, & lumpy (bulging) veins
  • Color of veins are blue or dark purple

Also few patients experience:

  • Aching legs
  • Heavy bleeding due to minor injury to the affected area
  • Legs feel heavy, after exercise or during night


  • Lipodermatosclerosis – Increased fat under the skin and above the ankle
  • Swollen ankles
  • Shiny skin discoloration near varicose veins, typically brownish or blue in color
  • Telangiectasia in the affected leg
  • Skin becomes red, dry, & itchy in the affected area
  • Leg cramps
  • Restless legs syndrome

Lifestyle changes

The below lifestyle changes helps in prevention of varicose veins from forming or becoming worse:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight or losing weight
  • Do exercise regularly to improve your blood circulation.
  • Avoid standing for longer periods
  • Use compression socks.

If you are an individual who is already suffering from varicose veins, then you need to follow above steps to prevent new varicose veins. Also, elevate your legs while resting or sleeping.

The perfect treatment for varicose veins is given at Vascular Care Center, Somajiguda, Hyderabad by the most experienced Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon Dr.G.V.Praveen Kumar.

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