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How to Reduce the Risk of Varicose Veins During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a very exciting time in a woman’s life, but it can also come with its fair share of aches and pains. Not only does the added weight of pregnancy put pressure on your joints and nerves, it can also affect your veins. During pregnancy, your blood volume increases 30 to 50 percent while the rate at which blood flows from your legs to your pelvis decreases. This change puts added stress on your veins and may lead to varicose veins.

What Happens When Varicose Veins Burst?

Nearly half of the U.S. population suffers from venous disease; an improper functioning of the vein valves in the leg. This disease can lead to painful, swollen, bulging, ropy varicose veins and skin changes if left untreated. Veins in this weakened condition are more prone to bleeding if they experience even minimal trauma, like brushing up against something with a sharp edge, or scrubbing too hard in the shower.

How Are Varicose Veins Treated?

Varicose veins are a result of weakened or nonfunctioning vein valves. When the venous valves fail, blood moves downward towards the feet (reflux), which results in excess pressure. This pressure causes large, twisted veins to appear near the surface of your skin, which also leads to the feeling of pain and discomfort.

How to Manage the Discomfort of Varicose Veins

Varicose veins affect about one in four U.S. adults—approximately 22 million women and 11 million men between the ages of 40 and 80. Unfortunately, nearly 50 percent of those struggling with ropy, bulging, painful veins are genetically predisposed due to family history. If you or a loved one is struggling with the pain and discomfort associated with varicose veins, it’s important to seek medical treatment from a vein care specialist.

How Do You Get Varicose Veins?

Approximately half of the U.S. population suffers from painful varicose veins. Varicose veins occur when the valves inside a vein become damaged, causing blood to flow backward, and pool inside the vein.

How do varicose veins occur?

There are many factors that increase a person’s risk for developing varicose veins, including:

Varithena® Treatment: How It Works

More than 40 million people in the United States suffer from painful, ropy, bulging varicose veins. Varicose veins occur when the valves inside a vein become weakened or damaged. This causes blood to flow backward and pool inside the vein, which causes swelling. Varithena® is a sterile injectable foam used to treat varicose veins in the great saphenous vein (GSV) system. The great saphenous vein is the longest vein in the body, running along the length of the leg, returning blood from the foot.

What Causes Spider Veins?

Spider veins are small, red or purple veins that can appear on your legs. They are called spider veins because they resemble spider webs. Spider veins are, for the most part, considered a cosmetic issue and can be easily removed through a minimally invasive procedure called sclerotherapy.

Why Do Leg Veins Pop Out?

There are many reasons why the veins in your legs may seem to ‘pop out’. You’re more likely to notice it when the veins are closer to the skin. Large, twisting, bulging veins are called varicose veins and indicate an underlying valve problem. Vein valves are flaps inside your veins that help prevent your blood from flowing backward. When you have blood flowing backward, it pools inside your veins, and causes varicose veins.

What to Look for When Looking for A Vein Clinic

Although most vein treatments today are minimally invasive (performed in an office setting with local anesthesia), and require no downtime for most people, not all vein care is equal. And certainly, all vein clinics are not alike. To achieve the best possible outcome for the procedure you want or need, you must choose your vein specialist carefully.