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What are Varicose Veins - Marbella Vein Treatment on the Costa del Sol

Approximately 25 million Americans suffer from symptomatic varicose veins and it is estimated that in the US 72% of women and 42% of men will experience varicose veins by the time they are in their 60s.

The field of venous disease is not well understood by the public or even many medical professionals such that many patients with vein problems are often managed poorly. Varicose veins are usually the result of an underlying disorder of the circulatory system. This is often referred to as venous reflux or venous insufficiency. Veins are as much a part of the circulatory system as the heart and atreties and deserve the specialist care offered by surgeons trained and with experience in treating vascular disorders. Developments in this field of surgery have been dramatic during the past decade and ongoing new research is leading to better understanding and treatment of venous disease.

Varicose veins are swollen, gnarled veins occurring most frequently in the lower limbs and more commonly in the superficial veins of the legs, which are under high pressure when standing. They are produced by a condition called Venous Insufficiency, in which the blood circulating around the lower limbs is not able to return to the heart due to the valves in the veins being damaged. The blood then pools in the distended veins which become varicose. Not only are varicose veins an unsightly cosmetic concern, they can also cause the patient pain especially when walking or standing. They can often feel itchy and scratching them can cause ulcers. Swollen ankles or calves are also possible.

However, serious complications are rare. Varicose Veins never go away without treatment. They frequently progress and worsen over time.

Patients withe lower extremity vein disease can have a variety of symptoms, some of which may not be typical of varicose veins. Additionally, these symptoms may be present even if patients have no visual evidence of varicose veins. Some typical findings associated with varicose veins may include swelling in legs, discoloration around the ankles, or leg ulcers. Other not so typical symptoms include heavy, tired, restless or achy feelings in legs. Some may have fatigue and tightness in calves. Others may have sensations of burning or itching.

Who gets Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins can occur in people of any age and gender, however, women are much more prone (especially those who have had children), along with those who have a family history of varicose veins or people who spend a great deal of time standing.

Vascular Disease Overview

Vascular disease is a medical condition involving the blood vessels, including those circulating blood to the heart (cardiovascular), the brain (cerebrovascular) and the rest of the body (peripheral). Vascular diseases of the legs include peripheral artery disease, deep vein thrombosis (blood clots) and venous insufficiency (pooling of blood in the legs), the underlying cause of varicose veins.

Arteries carry blood away from the heart to the rest of the body. Veins return blood from the rest of the body to the heart, often overcoming gravity to do so.

Leg veins are equipped with one-way valves designed to prevent blood from flowing backwards in the vein. When those valves no longer function properly because of age, dysfunction or the distention of the veins, the blood will no longer be sufficiently pushed in the correct direction and can flow backwards (“reflux”) and pool up in the legs. The accumulated blood causes increased pressure in the veins, forcing them to swell, bulge and even leak.

The circulatory and skin problems associated with this backup include symptoms identified with varicose veins.

Types of Varicos Veins Marbella Veins can Treat

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