What are Varicose Veins?

What are varicose veins is a very common question. Varicose veins are enlarged and twisted veins that can occur anywhere in the body but are more common in the legs.

Varicose veins are caused by an increase in blood pressure build up in the veins. How do my veins become enlarged? Veins become enlarged when blood moves towards the heart by one-way valves. When these valves become weakened or damaged, blood can collect in the veins which then causes them to become enlarged. Standing or sitting for long periods of time can cause the blood to pool in the legs veins which in return increases the pressure within the veins.

The following are the most common symptoms of varicose veins…

  • Rash
  • Sores on the legs
  • Color changes of the skin
  • Sensations in the legs, such as burning, heavy feeling or aching.

Symptoms of varicose veins may resemble those of other medical conditions. Please discuss your symptoms with your healthcare provider for an accurate diagnosis.

How are Varicose veins diagnosed?

Varicose veins are diagnosed with a Duplex Ultrasound. This ultrasound is known as a vascular ultrasound, and it is used to check the blood flow and structure of the veins.