It is estimated that half of the adult population will be affected by venous disease at some point in their lifetime. Vein conditions are more common in women than men. And older patients are more likely to be affected. At age 60, 70% of women and 40% of men are affected by some form of venous disorder.
With normal vein function, some valves open and close, helping to circulate blood through the body. Patients with vein disorders have dilated veins and valves that do not function properly. As a result, blood flows in the wrong direction and causes bulges that appear as varicose veins and spider veins.
Today’s varicose, spider, and other vein disorders treatments are convenient, minimally invasive, and practically pain-free. In fact, most patients undergoing varicose veins treatment resume their normal activities that same day.
Causes of Vein Disease
The most significant contributing factor to varicose veins and vein disease is heredity. Other factors include:
- Excessive weight
- Occupations that require prolonged sitting or standing
- Activities that increase venous pressure, like jogging, running, bodybuilding, etc.
Signs & Symptoms of Vein Disease
One of the most obvious and common signs of venous disorder is varicose veins or spider veins. Varicose veins are large, bulging vessels that are typically found on the legs. Other symptoms may include:
- Leg pain
- Tingling, itching, or burning sensation
- Changes in skin color (darkening)
Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) can also be the underlying cause of your symptoms. Patients with CVI can benefit from a range of treatment options tailored to their unique needs and overall health. Dr. Sinnathamby is a leading vein specialist in Springboro, offering the latest treatments for vein disease, including laser treatment.
Causes and Symptoms of Vein Disease FAQs
There are many different causes and symptoms of vein disease. Read the answers to some of these frequently asked questions to learn more.
How can I help prevent CVI?
There are a few things you can do to try and prevent problems with vein disease. Maintaining a healthy weight and exercising regularly help encourage healthy blood flow. Tight clothing and high heels can exacerbate the condition, so avoid those. Compression garments in problem areas can assist with prevention as well. Every patient is different, so ask your doctor what they recommend for your specific needs.
What’s the most common cause of CVI?
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is the most common cause of CVI. You’re at a higher risk of developing CVI if you have DVT. The blood clot damages the valve in your vein, leading to problems with function. It can also occur with common issues like varicose veins. When your veins continue to weaken, it’s harder for them to transport blood.
What are the stages of vein disease?
There are six different stages of vein disease that you can experience. CVI is diagnosed at stage three and above. Things like varicose veins don’t mean that you have CVI but can mean that you’re on the path to developing it. Talk to your doctor anytime you notice a new varicose vein.
- Stage 0: Your legs may be achy or tired, but you don’t actually see or feel any other symptoms.
- Stage 1: Visible blood vessels, like spider veins
- Stage 2: Varicose veins that are at least three millimeters wide
- Stage 3: Swelling but no changes in the skin
- Stage 4: You notice changes in your skin’s color or texture.
- Stage 5: Healed ulcer
- Stage 6: Active ulcer
Can stress cause vein disease?
No, stress doesn’t directly cause vein disease. However, stress contributes to habits that can make you more likely to develop it. Effective stress management is important for many different health aspects in your body.
Can autoimmune disease cause vein disease?
Vasculitis is a condition that inflames and narrows the blood vessels. If you have this condition, you’re far more likely to experience vein disease and other complications involving the vascular system.
Is vein disease hereditary?
There are indications that vein disease is inherited. If one of your parents has varicose veins, your likelihood to develop them goes up by 40%. If both of your parents have them, your likelihood increases to 90%.
If you suffer from any of the above symptoms or have been diagnosed with a venous disorder, schedule a consultation with Dr. Sinnathamby to explore your treatment options. Proper and effective vein treatment will relieve discomfort, improve your health and support a better quality of life.