Over 48 Million Americans Will Develop Vein Disease
Vein Disease Occurs With Age, Genetics, Weight, and Other Factors. Learn More Below.
Veins use one-way values to direct blood flow from your body back to the heart. As you age or when certain genetics are applicable, the one-way flow at these valves starts to fail and some blood is able to flow backwards. As blood starts to pool in these veins pressure builds and the veins become larger, leading to the cosmetic appearance of varicose veins.
Besides age and genetics, pregnancy or excess weight can increase the likelihood of varicose and veins because these conditions increase pressure in your leg veins. Having a job that requires extended periods of standing or sitting can also put you at risk. Generally varicose and spider veins are just a cosmetic concern, but they can cause more serious problems such as burning/throbbing sensations or bleeding in some people.