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What Causes Vein Disease?

Essentially, varicose veins are produced when small valves in the vein malfunctions and causes the blood to flow in the wrong direction. This causes the veins to bulge. Healthy valves allow blood to flow in one direction. When valves do not function properly, blood flows backward, creating strain and damage to vein walls. This results in varicose veins, leg ulcers and blood clots. Most but not all people with varicose veins will have a family history of that disease.

Unfortunately, vein disease does not go away on its own and will only get worse over time.

The good news is that with today's advanced technology, vein disorders are treatable through safer and more effective techniques that only require office procedures. Just remember that no matter what is causing your vein problem, Dr. Balkany and his team are experts in the field and will do their best to help you both understand and treat the problem.

There are approximately 300,00 to 350,000 new cases of DVT diagnosed in the US each year. DVT can be life-threatening if the clot breaks off, travels, and lodges in the lung.

Approximately 45 percent of men suffer from vein disease. If your legs ache, it could be a bigger problem than simply overdoing it. Even if your legs aren't in pain, if you're seeing weird vein patterns, chances are there could be something wrong.

Given the potentially serious health risks associated with some varicose veins, people experiencing swollen, painful veins should seek a professional consultation with a physician who specializes in vein disease.

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