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Monday, August 5, 2013

Can Varicose Veins Be Prevented?

As one of the busiest Virginia vein care offices, we see a number of patients concerned with preventing varicose veins. They see their mothers or fathers with significant vein problems and want to be proactive in preventing this medical issue.  One of my Leesburg, Virginia patients, who is a teacher, typifies this concern.  Both of her parents had significant varicose veins and she has small varicosities along the inner sides of both legs.

Heredity plays a large role in determining who will develop large surface veins. The natural flow of venous blood is from the lower leg to the upper, against the force of gravity. Small valves in the veins propel the blood upward, but if genetics predetermine weakness in these valves, then gravity overwhelms the veins and backflow occurs. This pooling of blood in the veins is transmitted to the skin level causing the varicose vein. Unfortunately, we have nothing available to reverse this genetic predisposition, though treatment is very effective with the Venefit Procedure.

Multiple pregnancies are another known risk factor for varicose veins, though not necessarily from the uterine pressure.  Elevated levels of hormones seen during the pregnancy cause weakness and stretching of the veins; thereby weakening the valves described above.

We recommend the maintenance of a good body weight and moderate exercise; however, we still see many active, slender patients who develop varicose veins. While varicose veins cannot be prevented, they are easily treated in the office under local anesthesia with tremendous success. Fortunately, your health insurer will often cover these treatments.

Either Dr. Rosenberg or Dr. McNeill can provide you with a thorough evaluation of your venous condition at any of their vein clinics in Maryland, Virginia or West Virginia.


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