Vein Conditions and Symptoms

Approximately half of the American population struggles with some form of vein disease, but the contributing factors span a wide range, making each case unique.

Vein disease can be inherited (i.e. you can be genetically predisposed to developing a vein condition), or it can be brought on by pregnancy, obesity and/or jobs that require long periods of standing. Fortunately, vein diseases tend to be very treatable.

A diseased vein is commonly seen on the skin’s surface, but a condition can also occur that’s not visible to the naked eye. Paying close attention to symptoms is important in diagnosing vein disease, but there are also general factors that indicate some sort of vein disease is at hand: cramping, aching, burning, itching, soreness, or tired or restless legs, especially in the calf muscles.

While most people have heard of varicose and spider veins before, what may come as a surprise is that these are actual vein conditions and not just aesthetically unpleasing physical developments. Varicose and spider veins develop when the valves that work to circulate the blood through the lower body and back up to the heart weaken and become clogged with blood, leading to a range of symptoms from mildly darkened veins, to itchiness, to painful swelling.

Women in particular are more prone to developing varicose and spider veins than their male counterparts, largely due to progesterone. Women produce this hormone in higher quantities than men do, resulting in relaxed blood vessel walls. When blood vessel walls are relaxed, the blood coursing through the vein exerts more pressure on them, resulting in a weakened vein structure over time. Pregnant women are at an even higher risk for developing varicose and spider veins, as progesterone levels increase during that time.

Common varicose and spider veins are nothing to be ashamed of! They are simply the result of life. Schedule a consultation today to learn more about your treatment options and how to maintain the health of your veins post-treatment.

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Dr. Safvi received his medical degree from the University of Illinois, School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Northwestern University, becoming Board Certified in Interventional Radiology and Phlebology.


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