There are various levels of venous disease and some are very mild; for instance, spider veins. These veins don’t cause any symptoms other than tiny fine lines in red or purple that show through the skin. Some people choose not to seek treatment for spider veins. It’s important to realize, however, that more serious vein disease is also without symptoms in some cases.
Causes of Venous Disease
It’s hard to know if spider veins and bulging varicose veins are a sign of more serious circulatory problems—unless you visit the vein clinic for an exam by expert vein doctors. That said, there are some people who are more likely or predisposed to have severe vein problems. People with the following characteristics may be more prone to getting varicose veins and more serious venous conditions. See the vein surgeon for an evaluation if you are:
- 50 years of age or above: Blood vessel walls and valves inside them often get weaker with age, so they may not send blood back up to the heart so easily anymore.
- Female: Women report varicose veins more often and the medical reasons are not clear. Are women more conscious of appearance and so notice small changes readily? Women tend to have thinner skin, which could make varicose or spider veins more obvious. There’s no clear answer.
- Pregnant: Pregnant women may develop varicose veins in the pubic area and legs. Sometimes these will disappear on their own within a few months of giving birth and breast feeding, when hormonal levels go back to normal. This is not always the case, however.
- Related to someone with vein disease: Heredity can play a role in developing varicose veins and specific genes that indicate susceptibility have been found.
- Sitting or Standing All Day: If your work keeps you on your feet or seated for hours at a time, you are at risk for varicose veins and vein disease.
- Overweight: Extra weight creates pressure on your veins, making them work harder to return blood against gravity to the heart.
- Inactive: Even if you are at a normal weight, lack of exercise can cause poor circulation and blood can pool in the lower legs, causing swelling.
- A Smoker: Smoking weakens blood vessel walls creating greater risk of vein problems.
If you have one or more of these risk factors for vascular disease, please seek out New Jersey vein treatment. Even if you believe you may only need spider vein treatment, and you consider it cosmetic–it is not always only skin deep. It is wise to visit your vein clinic for a consultation to preserve your vein health. If you’d like to learn more about venous disease treatment options, please contact us at Metro Vein Centers in New Jersey.