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How long does Varicose Vein last

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Jan 22, 2013
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Varicose veins are superficial veins (that is veins close to the skin) which become swollen, twisted, or stretched. Varicose veins most often develop on the legs, (either on the back of the calf or on the inside the leg) and pelvic area. The problem affects women more commonly than men. They start mostly before age 40 and gradually worsen with age.



How does Varicose Vein form

Unlike the arteries, which carry the blood pumped from the heart to various parts of the body, the veins do not have a pump or muscle tissue which helps them to carry blood from different parts of the body to the heart. Returning blood from the feet and legs, against gravity, to the heart is most difficult. The pumping action of the muscles in our feet and legs help to return the blood to heart. There are valves in the veins which further aid this process and prevent the blood from flowing backward. If the valves do not function well blood is not carried upward efficiently from the feet and legs to the heart. The blood backs up in the veins and the pressure inside them increases. This leads to development of varicose veins, i.e. the veins swell, become twisted and appear blue.




How long Varicose Veins last


  • Varicose veins without treatment may gradually worsen. Many people with varicose veins do not have any symptoms initially but with time you will develop symptoms (such as pain in legs, feeling heavy and uncomfortable in the legs, swelling of feet and ankles).


  • If the varicose veins are not treated appropriately it can cause complications as the blood does not return properly from legs to the heart. Most people with varicose veins do not develop any complications, and even if the complications occur they usually start several years after varicose veins first appear.


  • Wearing compression stockings through the day facilitates the blood to flow upwards towards the heart. These stockings are effective in some people for relief the pain, discomfort and swelling of the legs as a result of varicose veins. The stockings besides improving your symptoms can also help to prevent skin sores. Other treatment like ligation and stripping of the varicose vein, sclerotherapy can also relieve symptoms and treat varicose veins effectively.

Few self-care Measures for Varicose Veins are Listed below:


  • Keep your legs raised to a level as high as or higher than your heart as often as you can.
  • Avoid standing in one place for long time (take rest often).
  • Raise your feet while sleeping by propping them on a pillow.
  • Do not cross your legs when you are sitting.
  • To improve circulation and muscle tone exercise regularly. Consult your health care provider to know about exercise which is best for you..
  • Try to maintain healthy body weight (if you are obese or overweight try to lose weight)
  • Try to avoid eating food that increase the chances of constipation.


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