What is varicose veins
The term “varicose veins” is heard by many – elderly people with nodular veins and swelling in the legs immediately appear. However, the impression that varicose veins of the lower extremities (and this is the correct name) is the lot of the elderly is incorrect. The disease can occur in young people as well as in middle-aged people. More often, varicose veins are found in women, and it’s not just about wearing heels!
- If you sit all the time, you have a higher risk of developing varicose veins.
- If you stand all the time, you have a higher risk of developing varicose veins.
- If you are taller than average, you have a higher risk of developing varicose veins.
- If you are a woman and have had multiple pregnancies, then … Guess what? You have a higher risk of developing varicose veins.
Why does varicose veins occur?
We are paying the price for walking upright. If we crawled, varicose veins might not have been. The thing is that the heart is located in the upper part of the body, and in order to return blood to it from the lower extremities, the veins are equipped with special valves that prevent blood from remaining in the legs and gradually raise it to the heart. Violation of this mechanism leads to stagnation of blood in the legs, edema, decreased venous tone and, in the end, to the development of varicose veins. We need to move, work, not remain in a static position (sitting or standing), then the mechanism of “raising the blood” works, and our legs remain healthy.