Varicose Veins is dilatation of superficial veins due to high pressure in the vein i.e. because standing and walking upright increases the pressure in the veins of lower body. It affects as many as 10% of the population.
For many people, varicose veins could be a cosmetic concern. For others, it causes unsightly bulges in the legs, present with swelling of the leg, pain, Eczema, heaviness and fatigue. These veins do not perform any effective function and their removal or closure only helps the blood to flow through the normal deeper veins.
Varicose veins may also signal a higher risk of other circulatory problems. Treatment may involve self-care measures or procedures by your doctor to close or remove veins. These varicose veins should be treated before they produce complications, which are often irreversible.
To know more, read on Varicose Veins by our Consultant Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeon, Dr. C. Anand Somaya.