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Varicose Veins and Age

Varicose veins and age.


Varicose veins are a very common condition. Twenty-five percent of women and eighteen percent of men can expect to get them in their lifetime. Varicose veins are often located in the legs. Some are raised enough to be felt under the surface of the skin. Age is a factor. You are more likely to develop varicose veins once you pass forty. As we age, the vessel walls weaken and become less elastic causing the blood to pool, which in turn causes swelling. 

The veins expand to accommodate the increased blood flow and become lumpy and twisted. These blue, or purple veins have a gnarled appearance and most people consider them a cosmetic nuisance. But for some, varicose veins can actually cause discomfort and even pain. In certain instances, varicose veins are more than just a nagging problem. They can be an indication of a more serious underlying condition such as a blood clot in a deeper vein.

What You Can Do if You Have Varicose Veins


There are ways to alleviate the discomfort varicose veins can cause. Exercise, for instance, can get the blood flowing more smoothly. Since standing for long periods can cause varicose veins in the first place, it serves to reason that elevating the legs can help ease some of the pressure on overly-taxed blood vessels.