Varicose veins are more than simply a cosmetic issue; many people suffer painful and uncomfortable symptoms due to lowered circulation and increased pressure in the lower limbs. Varicose veins are also known as ‘diseased veins’ and can lead to a number of health issues. In this article, we’re discussing diseased veins and how they can affect the human body.

Varicose veins on a leg


What Causes Diseased Veins?

There are valves within our veins that are constantly opening and closing to propel blood back to the heart where it can be pumped to other parts of the body. When our veins weaken and the valves stop performing their role, blood can travel backwards and begin pooling in areas of the body. This makes our veins swell and bulge, meaning we can see and touch them.


The common causes of varicose veins and spider veins are:

  • Family history of varicose veins or leg ulcers – if your parents or grandparents suffered from varicose veins, you may be more likely to develop them
  • Ageing – our veins weaken naturally over time which is why many older people discover varicose veins later on in life
  • Standing or sitting in one position for long periods of time – this is usually due to certain occupations where these positions are required
  • Obesity – excess weight puts strain on the legs and the circulatory system
  • Pregnancy – blood volume increases and physical strain is placed on the body, reducing circulation from the legs to the pelvis
  • Menopause – hormonal and physical changes occur to the body and weaken the valves in affected veins


How Do Diseased Veins Affect the Body?

Diseased veins have deeper issues than simply their appearance. If left unattended, this condition can lead to serious health issues, including:

  • Blood clots that can migrate to critical areas of the body and cause significant blockages
  • Venous ulcers that cause severe discomfort and can lead to secondary infections
  • Debilitating pain that affects a patient’s quality of life and ability to perform simple physical tasks
  • Lipodermatosclerosis where the skin and tissues surrounding the vein thicken, causing discomfort and reducing the ability to move
  • Atrophe blanche – small lesions in the affected area that create scarring, pain and difficulty moving


Treatments Available for Varicose Veins

These potential health issues may seem scary when you first hear of them; however, there is good news. Modern varicose vein treatments are extremely effective and can be performed with relative ease and speed. The recovery time for non-surgical treatments is minimal and painless.

The key to ensuring small problems with diseased veins don’t turn into something larger is timeliness. Make sure you speak to a professional at Vein Care as soon as you notice the early stages of varicose veins, and we will help you choose the right treatment for your needs and preferences.


Speak to Vein Care in Melbourne for Assistance

To learn more about our non-surgical treatments and to discuss the best option for you, speak to the specialists at Vein Care in Melbourne. You can contact our team online or by calling 1300 730 100.