Monday, September 5th was Labor Day, which first became a federal holiday in 1894. Labor Day honors the American labor movement and the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws and well-being of the USA. Labor Day is also considered as the unofficial end of summer.
But the other “Labor Day” we often discuss in our practice is pregnancy. Many women first develop varicose veins – or find that they get worse – during their pregnancy. As the amount of blood in your body increases, it puts pressure on the large vein on the right side of your body, which increases pressure in your leg veins. As your progesterone levels rise, the walls of your blood vessels can relax, causing your legs to swell and ache.
Also, varicose veins tend to get worse with each successive pregnancy. But they tend to improve after you give birth, particularly if you didn’t have any before you got pregnant.
Other Causes of Varicose Veins
Besides pregnancy, other causes include:
- Your sex: Women are more likely to develop varicose veins than men.
- Your family: You’re more likely to have varicose veins if your parents had them.
- Your age: As you get older, the valves in your lower legs can get damaged, causing blood to flow backwards and pool as swollen veins.
- Your weight: Being overweight or leading a sedentary lifestyle can cause varicose veins, too.
- Your job: Standing for long periods can make you more susceptible, so many of our patients are firemen, policemen, teachers, waitresses, hairdressers, and other folks who are on their feet most of the day.
The good news?
Dr. Kevin Haney and the caring staff at Ozark Regional Vein Center offers a variety of ways to treat painful, swollen varicose veins.
The better news?
We’re hosting free vein consultations this month on Tuesday, September 20th and Wednesday, September 21st, from 9:00am to 3:00pm in our Rogers, Arkansas offices. Call us today to book your appointment at 479-464-VEIN (8346). If Dr. Haney determines that you have venous insufficiency (vein disease), he can recommend a quick, minimally invasive procedure –– and most varicose vein treatments are covered by your insurance.
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