Understanding varicose veins

Varicose vein disease is abnormal dilatation of the superficial veins of the lower extremities, accompanied by failure of venous valves and blood flow reflux.

The main function of the venous system in the lower limbs is to return blood from the lower extremities to the heart. This moves the blood against the Earth gravity. Our body has 3 major venous system mechanisms that overcome forces of the gravity and push blood through the veins to the heart.

There is variety of factors contributing to the occurrence of venous disease.

  1. Genetics. This is the most significant factor. Varicose veins can be attributed to a "family disease", which is transmitted through genetics. If any of the members of immediate family have venous diseases, then you should consult with the specialist for check up and to avoid further complications if applicable.
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