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