We have all heard of varicose veins or spider veins and were told that our Grandmother has them so we probably will too. But have you actually ever learned much about what they are, how they show up in people, and why you might get them after your Grandmother? Varicose veins are commonly seen in people who do a lot of sitting or standing still. You might even feel the blood getting cut off when you sit for a while and then stand up. Your legs need good circulation and were not meant to be bent in half and motionless for the majority of the day. When this happens the veins can get stretched and damaged and lead to venous conditions in the legs. With varicose veins there is a process that begins with vein wall stretching and ends with a bulging vein that could be clotting. In the beginning as the walls of a vein get damaged, the inside valves also get damaged. The valves need the vein walls around them to be tight in order to function properly and flow the blood one way. If there is a malfunction with the valves, not all of the blood gets pushed in the right direction and a little bit can sneak backwards through the look valve. After so long more and more blood will pool in a certain area, creating weight and stretching the vein a bit more than it should be. This pooled blood is normally what you see with the bulged vein. It looks blue or red through the skin and pushes out, creating some unsightly little veins int he legs. Overtime more and more pooling of blood can continue to stretch and damage the vein until it is not working properly at all. As blood pools it can clot and then get pushed through the circulatory system, which is very painful.
So that in a nutshell is a varicose vein and how it is formed. Sure, there is a genetic component to it, but it also has a lot to do with how you exercise and use your legs on a daily basis. If your Grandmother sat down a to she might have more of those then you ever will, but who ca say for sure. If you do find that you are getting some larger bulging veins in your legs and want to make sure nothing serious is going on, visit the specialists at the Texas Endovascular clinic near Houston. At one of three convenient locations you can have your legs checked and likely fixed or rapidly improved in just a week. The doctors have many options for treatment and will go through which of them they recommend for you. And you can enhance any treatment for your varicose veins with a few home remedies such as eating healthy, taking vitamins and supplements, doing gentle massage on the affected areas to keep blood flowing through at high rates. All of these could cure your Grandmother’s veins all along.