Who's at Risk for Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins affect about 35% of Americans, and most of them are women. These discolored and bulging veins, typically occurring in the legs, can quickly become a cosmetic concern. For many men and women, they also cause pain and other unpleasant symptoms.

Michael Gioscia, MD, is a board-certified surgeon who is widely recognized throughout the medical community as a top-level vein specialist. He’s also greatly appreciated for his comprehensive patient-focused approach to diagnosing and treating conditions that compromise your vascular health.

Read what this expert, who leads our team at the Vein Institute of Westchester in White Plains, New York, has to say about your risk of developing varicose veins.

Understanding varicose veins

Varicose veins are symptoms of structural changes occurring inside the affected blood vessels themselves. 

These abnormalities, essentially caused by increased blood pressure in the veins, develop when vein walls weaken and valves inside the vein malfunction. These tiny valves normally open and close regularly to control blood flow.  

When the valves fail, blood falls backward and pools in the vein. This leads to the bulging, discoloration, and other cosmetic concerns noted with varicose veins. The restricted circulatory flow can also result in:

Varicose veins most often occur in the legs because of the added effort of moving blood against gravity as it flows upward toward the heart.

Am I at risk for developing varicose veins?

Anyone can develop varicose veins. But there are certain factors that increase your risk, such as being female. Others include:

Physical inactivity also increases your risk of developing varicose veins in several ways. Lack of exercise, for instance, is often a contributing factor to weight gain. It also reduces muscle strength in your legs and calves. Your veins rely on that muscle strength to help push blood back toward the heart.

You may not be able to control some factors that increase your risk of varicose veins, such as aging or family history, but you can take steps to protect your vascular health by stopping smoking and exercising regularly.  

Treating varicose veins

You need expert care to effectively eliminate varicose veins once they occur. Dr. Gioscia specializes in providing minimally invasive and extremely successful therapies to treat varicose veins. 

During your initial consultation, he takes time to fully evaluate your leg veins and devise the most effective treatment plan.

The Vein Institute of Westchester is not a one-fix-for-all practice. Dr. Gioscia has extensive experience in all possible solutions. Read more about the treatments we offer for varicose veins here

You can also rely on Dr. Gioscia to provide practical recommendations about steps you can take to help decrease your risk of developing future issues with varicose veins.

For outstanding care that rids your legs of unsightly veins and helps protect your vascular health, schedule a visit at the Vein Institute of Westchester today. Call our office or request an appointment online.

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