We get a lot of questions from patients here at our Chicago vein treatment practice about what’s causing the appearance of those enlarged veins running at the back of their legs. Every so often, a brief overview of the anatomy and physiology of veins often help these patients acquire a full grasp on the factors that contribute to varicose vein formation. Read on to learn more about such concepts below.
What Your Veins Do For You
Your veins are part of a complex network of blood vessels in your body which primarily transport blood. Specifically, your veins are responsible for carrying deoxygenated (oxygen has been used and depleted) blood from the rest of your body to the heart for the refill of oxygen and nutrients.
Veins have specifically one-way flaps that avoid the blood from flowing backward (gravity, anyone?) as it moves up from the lower regions of your body such as your legs. If these valves are weakened, blood can leak back into your veins. This is often referred as venous insufficiency. When backed-up blood accumulates, varicose veins appear.
So which conditions can cause your veins to weakened or change structures? By and large, the following factors increase your risk of venous insufficiency thus resulting in the appearance of varicose veins:
- Increasing age
- Family history
- Being female due to pregnancy, menopause, puberty, use of birth control pills, or any conditions/circumstances that alter hormone levels
- Obesity or excess weight
- Lack of movement
Expert Varicose Vein Advice at the Chicago Vein Institute
Chicago Vein Institute (CVI) is a practice solely dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of vein diseases. The experts at CVI perform the latest and most effective treatments for painful varicose veins, spider veins, and other vein-related disorders.
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Chicago Vein Institute is a practice solely dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of vein diseases. The experts at CVI perform the latest and most effective treatments for painful varicose veins, spider veins, and other vein-related disorders. CVI offers minimally invasive treatment options, including Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA), Ambulatory Phlebectomy, Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy, Surface Sclerotherapy, Elastic Compression Stockings and wound care for venous ulcers, performing more than 8,000 vein-related procedures annually. Visit our sister brand, Chicago Cosmetic Institute, offering a full array of medical spa services including CoolSculpting, Liposuction, Botox, chemical peels and more.