You are not alone.
Damage to vein valves and vessel walls causes varicose veins. Inside each vein, valves help direct blood back to the heart. When valves function normally, blood flows smoothly. However, when a valve becomes damaged, blood may pool in the vessel. Over time, the pooling blood may weaken the vessel wall, causing it to bulge. These weakened vessels form the purple and blue streaks frequently visible on affected legs. There is not just one source of vein damage. Many factors contribute to the development of the lumpy blue and purple bulges.
Varicose Vein Risk Factors
• Family history of varicose veins
• Sit or stand for long periods of time
• Are overweight or obese
• Are pregnant
• Are older
• Use menopausal hormone therapy or hormonal birth control
• Damaged valves
If you are bothered by the appearance or discomfort caused by varicose veins, help is available. Contact Premier Vein Specialists, LLC in Camp Hill, Hanover or York for your free screening. Call 717-412-7226.