What are risk factors of varicose veins?
Do you have ugly, painful, swollen varicose veins on your legs? Do you have unsightly spider veins?
If you answered “Yes” to either question, you should know these risk factors increase your chances of venous insufficiency, a progressive vein disease that only gets worse over time. The most important risk factors of vein disease include:
- Varicose veins or a family history of varicose veins.
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which can lead to a blood clot.
- Obesity or weight issues.
- Pregnancy or recently pregnant.
- Extended periods of standing, sitting or inactivity.
- Being over age 50.
- Being a woman – you have a higher chance of getting this disease than a man.
- A recent injury or trauma.
If you have any of these important risk factors of vein disease, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. James Jimenez of The Vein Center of Florida and South Baldwin. After all, he performs all patient consultations, evaluations, and vein treatments himself and he’s a pioneer in Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT™).
For a FREE Varicose Vein Screening with a Doppler ultrasound evaluation and no doctor referral required, call 1-800-910-VEIN now.
Dr. James Jimenez
The Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin
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No matter where you live, unsightly varicose veins can be a hindrance on everyday life. This is especially true for people who live near the endlessly sunny beaches of Florida. Having large, visible veins can make people self-conscious when they should be enjoying themselves. The good news is that there are often easily treatable reasons for these veins, and the Vein Center of Florida specializes in their treatment.
Varicose veins are caused by veins expanding from too much blood being forced through them, making them swell and increase in size. This is often caused by things like being overweight or with age. Being heavily overweight can cause you to put more pressure on your legs than your body can handle, forcing blood into your veins form the pressure applied. On the other hand, varicose veins increase during old age regardless of weight. This is because the tissue of your veins becomes weakened, allowing it to expand easier even with normal pressure. Sometimes as a combination of these reasons, pregnant women also can experience an increase in varicose veins.
While there are many reasons for varicose veins to show up, there are also just as many countermeasures to prevent them. The key to general varicose vein health is to try not to stress your veins by overworking them in any way. If you are overweight for example, losing weight would be the first step to improving vein health. Other good tips are to try not to wear clothes that are tight enough to affect circulation, and to avoid sitting or standing for long amounts of time.
While the above advice will help improve vein health, often times it takes the skill of a specialist to make sure that your veins are not only going to improve in look and in health, but also stay that way in the future. Getting a professional opinion on the specifics of your unique vein issue is extremely important, as there are often specific procedures and plans that only a specialist can assist you with.
At the Vein Center of Florida there are many people with an intimate knowledge in the field of phlebotomy. Come in and see what we can do for you at our free screenings, and take the first step to freeing yourself from uncomfortable, ugly veins.