Veins carry blood from all over the body to the heart. However, when the veins situated in the legs carry the blood up till the heart there is a long journey to be travelled. Also as the blood is flowing upward against gravity, the blood needs to be pushed up through the valves. Valves are small flaps, within these vessels functioning to initiate an upward movement of the blood. However many times there are some issues or weakness with these valves for which blood tends to pool and increases the pressure in the veins. Due to this pressure, the veins bulge in an unsightly manner leading to what is known as varicose veins.
Regarding varicose veins, there are certain myths and it is mainly the result of poor research methodology, here is an insight on some of the most prevalent misconception that people have
It is only in women that varicose vein occurs
It is one of the most common misconceptions that varicose veins occur only in women. This is not true as men get them too. According to research, studies, and surveys, it has been a proven fact that men have varicose vein as well. The only difference is that it is more recurrent among women. Hence it is a complete myth that only women have the varicose vein.
Varicose veins only occur in legs
Wherever the vein is damaged, varicose veins cause a bulge. This happens typically in your legs. However Varicose veins can occur in other parts of your body as well. Varicose veins can occur in areas like pelvic region, abdomen area, vulva and uterus region. One can even have Varicose veins on the face.
Pregnancy causes varicose veins
Sometimes women have varicose vein before pregnancy. During pregnancy, the volume of blood in women increase by 40%, and this, along with the hormones at this time makes the tissues to stretch. This makes varicose apparent that were not previously visible before pregnancy. Hence Pregnancy doesn’t cause varicose veins.
There are no preventive methods for varicose veins.
Although many times varicose veins is an inherited condition, for some people, preventive care can be helpful in preventing the onset of varicose veins. Measures include:
- Regular workout to strengthen calf muscle
- maintaining a healthy weight
- wearing support hose
- Doing leg exercise while sitting
Treatment of Varicose vein is painful.
This is again a myth that Varicose vein treatment is painful. A minimally invasive procedure like vein ablation is done and unlike surgical interventions like vein stripping, it does not require usual anesthesia or even stitches.
For treatment option, less invasive methods can be availed and an Interventional Radiologist is to be consulted for best results. One of the most renowned vascular care centers is located in Hyderabad namely Avis Vascular Centre. Here Dr. Rajah V Koppala who is an American Fellowship trained vascular Interventional Radiologist and certified by the British Board caters to the best treatments of this issue.