Varicose Veins

Varicose veins legs

Last Updated December 20th, 2021

Overview

Vascular disorders have become a global health concern at present, mainly affecting people above 60. According to epidemiological studies by Center for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 12-20% of the global population above the age of 60 suffer from different types of vascular diseases. The most threatening variety of vascular disease is “Varicose Veins”. It not only affects the peripheral vascular system but also leads to associated clinical complications in the future. Based on the reports of Vascular Disease Foundation, nearly 50-55% of women and 40-45% of men in the United States are patients with vein problems, especially varicose veins. Health organizations worldwide are concerned about the increasing burden of varicose veins and other vein disorders in terms of mortality and morbidity.

 

Varicose veins definition

Varicose veinsVaricose veins or Telangiectasia (spider veins) are types of vascular disorders in which the normal veins of the body become protruded, twisted, with a reddish or bluish discoloration and are found in the superficial portions of the body (immediately below the skin surface). These conditions are quite common after a certain age (60 in most cases). These veins are normally situated on the inner portions of the calves and the thigh and have the diameter greater than 3 mm. They are formed primarily due to malfunctioning of the valves (valve reflux) and weakness (loss of elasticity) of the vein walls.

These conditions cause these types of veins to allow backflow of blood that produces irregular bulges in different regions of the body (due to the accumulation of venous blood). Varicose veins mainly affect the superficial veins of the body and are manifested as twisted, lumped windings bulging out of the skin surface. Although varicose veins and spider veins are considered synonymous, spider veins have a smaller diameter (less than 1 mm).

 

Causes of varicose veins

Varicose veins are mainly observed in the aged people due to natural degeneration of their blood vessel functions. But very often they are observed in people within the age group of 40-50. The generalized factors behind varicose veins are as follows-

  • Abnormally increased intravenous pressure (due to poor posture or long periods of standing)
  • Presence of tumors, pregnancy, obesity or chronic constipation conditions causing an excessive increase in intra-abdominal pressure
  • Existing clinical conditions such as deep vein thrombosis or arteriovenous shunting, causing secondary vascularisation
  • Venous disorders leading to valve dysfunctions, causing reverse flow of blood and consequent loss of elasticity of the walls of blood vessels
  • Congenital vascular malformation (especially in the limb)
  • Trauma due to external or internal injuries
  • Obstruction of pelvic veins due to some existing disorders
  • Stagnation of venous blood in the legs leading to increased intra-venous pressure
  • Hormonal changes during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause
  • Intake of drugs containing estrogen and progesterone
  • Prolonged exposure to the sun (causes spider veins on the cheeks or nose)
  • Degeneration of nervous system due to blood loss obstructed circulation, indigestion, malnutrition, heavy menstrual flow and unstable mental state
  • Excessive blood within the body, improper circulation of iliac veins, increased pressure due to blockage, loss of blood, insufficient rest and diet during pregnancy
  • Low blood pressure conditions (hypoglycemia) due to the weakened pancreas and blood loss during menstruation (observed in women)
  • Loss of muscular support to the superficial veins
  • Inherently weak vein walls
  • Absence or malfunctioning of venous valves

 

Symptoms of varicose veins

Varicose veins legsVaricose veins are not so prominent in the initial stages. With the slow progress of the disease, the following symptoms are observed-

  • Twisted, protruded and bluish veins in the lower limbs
  • Abnormal swelling of ankles and legs
  • Heaviness, burning sensation, persistent pain, itching, throbbing and occasional cramps in the affected areas
  • Skin pigmentation and deterioration of skin texture
  • Damage of underlying tissues in the ankle region (induration conditions)
  • Worsening of pain after a prolonged period of standing or sitting
  • Itchy Rashes
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Gradual darkening of the skin (in an advanced stage)
  • Redness, tenderness and increased sensitivity of skin
  • Thickening and discoloration of the skin
  • Bleeding from one or more varicose veins
  • Interference with regular activities such as walking, climbing stairs, running

 

Types of varicose veins

The Vascular Disease Foundation has suggested few classifications of varicose veins depending on few factors. The first classification is based on the region of occurrence and diameter of varicose veins-

  • Truncal varicose veins
  • Reticular varicose veins ( have a diameter between 1 to 3 mm)
  • Side-branch varicose veins (due to leaky valves in the side branch veins)
  • Telangiectasias or spider veins (dilated blood vessels near the skin surface having 0.5-1 mm diameter)

The second classification is as follows-

  • Primary varicose veins: They occur due to genetic defects and are manifested as reddish or bluish streaks on the legs
  • Secondary varicose veins: They result from existing diseases within the body.

The most scientific classification of varicose veins was proposed by doctors of Naturale Clinic which is known as Clinical, Etiologic, Anatomic, and Pathophysiologic (CEAP) classification-

  • Type 1 or Predominantly Aesthetic Venous Disease (PAVD): These are characterized by reddish or bluish spider veins and reticular veins having the diameter of a single hair.
  • Type 2 or Functional and Aesthetic Venous Disease (FAVD): Veins of both medium and large diameters are present.
  • Type 3 or Functional Venous Disease (FVD): Prominent functional complications are present.
  • Type 4 or Complicated Venous Disease (CVD): It is marked by severe complications such as leg-ulcers, Hyper-pigmentation and Fibrosis.

 

Clinical complications

The following clinical complications are observed in critical cases of varicose veins-

  • Sores or skin ulcers
  • Bleeding
  • Superficial Thrombophlebitis
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis

 

Diagnosis

Preliminary diagnosis of varicose veins is carried out via Duplex Ultrasound Examination which detects valve dysfunctions and presence of a venous blockage. Photoplethysmography (PPG) and Venography are also recommended.

 

Treatment and prevention

Varicose veins treatmentTreatment 

  • Generally, patients are asked to manage their weight and exercise frequently to reduce the symptoms of varicose veins. But if this treatment method does not work, the patients are asked to wear a compression stocking.
  • Compression stockings help in compressing the blood vessels together to help increase the blood flow.
  • Sclerotherapy – In this procedure, small varicose veins are injected with a solution so that they can be blocked. This treatment method helps in reducing the pain and swelling.
  • Laser surgery – Here, doctors use high beams of light directly on the surface of the skin, just above the varicose veins. The light slowly closes and then diminishes the veins.
  • High litigation and vein stripping – In this treatment method, small incisions are made on the area above the varicose veins and the veins are pulled out.
  • Ambulatory phlebectomy – Here, the small varicose veins are tied into a knot just before they connect to the main vein.

Prevention 

  • Wear compression stockings, throughout the day.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Maintain a healthy diet.
  • Keep the sodium intake at moderate levels.
  • Try and rest your legs as often as possible, do not stand for too long.

Facts

  • Varicose veins and spider veins are not the same, even though they have the same causes.
  • 25% of women and 15% men have varicose veins, in the United States.
  • Restless legs syndrome tends to overlap with varicose veins.

Facts

  • Varicose insufficiency is caused when the blood does not go up to the heart from the veins that are present in the legs. Instead, the blood flows back down the veins.
  • Varicose veins do not occur only in your legs, they can occur in any part of the body.

Facts

  • Varicose veins can be inherited and their severity levels may increase with age.

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Dos and Don'ts

Dos
  • Take a break while walking for long distances; this can help in reducing the pain.
  • Exercise regularly; this will help in reducing and managing with the pain.
  • Maintain sodium intake, as it is said to increase the severity of the condition.
Don'ts
  • Walk for a long time, this tends to increase the pain along with the severity of the condition.
  • Cross your legs and sit as this may inhibit blood flow, thereby aggravating the symptoms.
  • Forget to wear your compression stockings, this help in reducing the pain.

 

 

 

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The features of an Optavia diet The Optavia diet endorses pre-packaged meals and snacks called "fuelings" that are tasty, low in calorie, and incorporates…
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12 easy and instant steps to successful weight loss Do you want to lose weight without losing your mind? Does weight loss always mean saying goodbye to…
Kava: Is it the healthy substitute for alcohol you have been waiting for? Native to the beautiful South Pacific islands, Kava is a famous beverage rooted in the local culture. It…
What to eat, what not to eat in the South Beach Diet? The South Beach Diet is one among the most popular weight loss programs that have been the talk…
Tart Cherry: The healthiest excuse for taking that second serving of pie Tart cherry has been traditionally used in delectable desserts such as pies. Recent studies have revealed that its…
Piaget stages: Do they accurately describe the way the human brain develops?  A common assumption was that children are less competent thinkers as compared to adults, but this was refuted…
Balneotherapy jacuzzi
5 things you didn’t know about balneotherapy and how you can do it at home Sauna baths have been popular since a long time. But how much more beneficial can balneotherapy be as…
Chest X-Ray A chest x-ray is a diagnostic test that uses x-rays to visualize the structures inside your chest. It…
valproic acid test
Valproic Acid Test Valproic acid test is performed to generally check for psychiatric and even neurological conditions such as bipolar disease…
PROGESTERONE_test
Progesterone test The progesterone test is a blood test used to determine the level of hormone progesterone in the blood…
antihepatitis core antigent
Anti-Hepatitis B Core Antigen (AHBc) Total Anti-hepatitis B core antigen (AHBC ) is a blood examination and the only serological marker of infectious blood…
sodium blood test
Blood Sodium Test A blood sodium test measures the amount of sodium (an important electrolyte) in your body. It is also…
alcohol toxic
7 startling facts that will make you quit alcohol today Does drinking really make you friendly and happy? How many calories does a can of cold beer add…
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Carrageenan: How a simple seaweed extract could better your gut health & immunity Eat more ice cream to prevent cold and flu? –With carrageenan you get one simple seaweed extract that…
sugar toxic health
Sugar: 7 new shocking truths revealed about the sweet poison Can drinking soda bring you closer to death? Is sugar slowly poisoning you and your family? You would…
aspartame or sugar
Aspartame – Hidden truths about this storm in a teacup Aspartame, the artificial sweetener, has gone under the scanner on several occasions for allegedly doing more harm than…
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Power up your gut: 8 proven steps on how to improve your digestion Did you know you have a colony of bacteria in your gut that help you in digesting food?…
Agave nectar: The bitter truth about this sweetener revealed Agave nectar is considered to be sweeter than the normal table sugar and even contains higher amounts of…
Plexus Slim: Is this pink slimming drink the ultimate one-stop fat burner? How effective is Plexus Slim in helping people lose weight? What are its ingredients? Can it be safely…
How to correctly perform nasal irrigation using a Neti Pot? Neti pot has been a part of Ayurveda since centuries. This ancient tool is extremely effective in treating…
The Cabbage Soup Diet: The healthiest way to instant weight loss Cabbage soup diet rapid weight loss diet for those who want to shed those extra pounds in less…
These are the top foods to increase your hemoglobin count It is important to add iron-rich foods into your diet in order to increase hemoglobin. Deficiency of hemoglobin could…
Atkins diet weight loss
Atkins Diet: The right steps to carb control that can help you lose those pounds fast The Atkins diet is a high fat, low-carb diet with proven weight loss benefits that is flexible enough…
myelogram
Myelography Myelography is an important diagnostic tool that is used to investigate and identify abnormalities in the spine and…
phenytoin test
Phenytoin test Phenytoin is a drug that is administered mainly to epilepsy patients. The phenytoin blood test measures the level…
nature health benefits
Green Healing: The amazing health benefits of being in nature You have no idea what sitting in a closed room does to your body and mind.Can a stroll…
acne removal tips
Anatomy of acne: 7 instant steps to kiss those zits goodbye Blackheads, whiteheads, or pimples-call them what you may. Acne is never good news.Did you know some of the…