As we get older, things start to happen to our bodies. For many people there’s the concern that varicose veins are starting to appear. In a moment of despair, you might find yourself asking “Why is it that older people are more prone to varicose veins than younger people? And is there anything that can be done to halt or reverse this unsightly, and often painful, part of the ageing process?”
At Vein Care, we’re the varicose vein experts, and we can help you find some answers.
What Happens to Our Veins When We Age?
Over time, different parts of the human body start to deteriorate. One component that begins to wear out is the one one-way valve in our veins. These valves are supposed to stop blood flowing backwards through our bodies. However, they begin to weaken with age. For many older people, they just stop working as well as they used to, and small amounts of blood start to flow backwards through the body. This causes increased pressure and build ups. The bulging and twisted veins that eventuate are what we know as varicose veins.
What Are the Effects of Varicose Veins?
There are many negatives which come from having varicose veins. Around 65% of adults aged over 60 who have them have reported symptoms of discomfort, burning, throbbing and heaviness. However, younger people can get them, too.
Additionally, varicose veins can lead to a person bleeding more if they get a scrape on the area. Leg ulcers, blood clots and skin infections are also at an increased risk for older people with the condition.
You Can Do Something About It
Just because you’re getting older doesn’t mean you have to put up with the pain and embarrassment of varicose veins. If you’re wondering about how to get rid of varicose veins, come on down to our vein clinic and speak to the experts at Vein Care.
Varicose Veins Treatment for the Elderly
At Vein Care, our team has been helping people toward a life with healthier veins for nearly twenty years. On your first visit, we’ll put together a detailed history, run a clinical examination and asses you with an ultrasound duplex scan. From there, we can discuss the best possible treatment for your vein problems. Contact us online, or call today on 1300 730 100.