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What are varicose veins? What are the symptoms? What are the causes? And how could i protect myself?

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In brief: Enlarged veins

The leg superficial vein system can have ineffective valves( venous reflux) and some of the veins will dilate and bulge.
They become visible, occasionally tender, and get bigger over time. Support stockings, ablation, and occasionally surgery can eliminate or improve existing varicose vein complexes.

In brief: Enlarged veins

The leg superficial vein system can have ineffective valves( venous reflux) and some of the veins will dilate and bulge.
They become visible, occasionally tender, and get bigger over time. Support stockings, ablation, and occasionally surgery can eliminate or improve existing varicose vein complexes.
Dr. Creighton Wright
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Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Big incompetent vein

Varicose veins are big , several times bigger than normal, incompetent, because the valves in them have failed, veins.
Varicose veins can cause cramping and aching in the legs as well as fatigue and other symptoms. Varicose veins most important cause is genetics but staying healthy, active and maintaining an ideal weight helps some with prevention.

In brief: Big incompetent vein

Varicose veins are big , several times bigger than normal, incompetent, because the valves in them have failed, veins.
Varicose veins can cause cramping and aching in the legs as well as fatigue and other symptoms. Varicose veins most important cause is genetics but staying healthy, active and maintaining an ideal weight helps some with prevention.
Dr. Thomas Wright
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Dr. Norman Chideckel
Surgery - Vascular

In brief: Varicose veins

Varicose veins are result of vein blood flow refluxing thru the superficial vein from the deep system Symptoms are throbbing swelling heaviness achiness itching Causes are genetics prolonged sitting or standing obesity To protect use support hose during daily activities

In brief: Varicose veins

Varicose veins are result of vein blood flow refluxing thru the superficial vein from the deep system Symptoms are throbbing swelling heaviness achiness itching Causes are genetics prolonged sitting or standing obesity To protect use support hose during daily activities
Dr. Norman Chideckel
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Dr. John Landi
Phlebology

In brief: Bulging Veins.

Varicose veins are bulging grape-like appearing veins which are most commonly seen on the legs.
These are due to leaking(refluxing) valves usually in the saphenous system. Some causes include hereditary, pregnancy, trauma and aging. The gold standard of treatment is to have a venous reflux ultrasound to both diagnose and form a treatment plan. You should see a vein specialist.

In brief: Bulging Veins.

Varicose veins are bulging grape-like appearing veins which are most commonly seen on the legs.
These are due to leaking(refluxing) valves usually in the saphenous system. Some causes include hereditary, pregnancy, trauma and aging. The gold standard of treatment is to have a venous reflux ultrasound to both diagnose and form a treatment plan. You should see a vein specialist.
Dr. John Landi
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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology

In brief: Heredity

Unfortunately, the main cause of varicose veins is heredity, as dr. Wright said.
Unfortunately, you can't change that. Prolonged standing, pregnancy, age, and (maybe) being overweight also contribute to the problem. Symptoms include aching, pain, tiredness, fatigue, swelling, cramping, leg restlessness, heaviness, throbbing, itching, and burning, the most telltale sign is big bulging leg veins.

In brief: Heredity

Unfortunately, the main cause of varicose veins is heredity, as dr. Wright said.
Unfortunately, you can't change that. Prolonged standing, pregnancy, age, and (maybe) being overweight also contribute to the problem. Symptoms include aching, pain, tiredness, fatigue, swelling, cramping, leg restlessness, heaviness, throbbing, itching, and burning, the most telltale sign is big bulging leg veins.
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