Varicose veins

Description of Varicose veins

Varicose veins are swollen, twisted veins that you can see just under the skin. They usually occur in the legs, but also can form in other parts of the body. Hemorrhoids are a type of varicose vein.
Your veins have one-way valves that help keep blood flowing toward your heart. If the valves are weak or damaged, blood can back up and pool in your veins. This causes the veins to swell, which can lead to varicose veins.
Causes and Risk Factors
Varicose veins are very common. You are at an increased risk if:
1. Elder
2. Female
3. Pregnancy
4. Obese
5. Sedentary lifestyle
6. Family history
1. Your doctor may examine you physically.
2. You may be recommended to get additional tests done.
Prevention and Treatment
Varicose veins can be prevented by:
1. Exercising
2. Losing weight
3. Elevating your legs when resting
4. Not crossing them when sitting
5. Wearing loose clothing
6. Avoiding long periods of standing
NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
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Last updated on:
07 Sep 2017 | 10:14 AM (IST)
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