The cardiovascular system is arguably the most necessary organ system in the entire body. Without just one– any single organ system – humans would suffer from serious health issues or couldn’t live at all; without a heart and the well-developed, vast system of veins and arteries throughout the human body, you’d instantly pass away.
Of all diseases and ailments that directly cause death, heart disease is one of the most prolific killers of today’s world of medicine. Cardiovascular issues manifest themselves in a variety of ways – one of the countless means by which heart and vein issues take hold in the human body is via varicose veins.
What is a varicose vein?
To really understand what a varicose vein is, we must first detail what a vein is.
OK – first things first, right? – what is a vein?
Blood is the medium by which hormones, nutrients, oxygen, and every other brick in the wall of life is carried throughout the cardiovascular system and ultimately delivered to its destination. The heart is a muscle that beats regularly to pump blood throughout the body.
Blood travels to the extremities – to hands, feet, and the head – through arteries. Arteries carry bright red, oxygenated blood and are different from the blue veins we see in our hands, feet – all over the body, really. These blood vessels are fewer in number than veins, they’re thicker than veins, and located closer to the middle of the extremities then veins because they need more protection.
Veins carry darker blood at a slower pace back to the heart. Blood swaps out the oxygen it carried on the way to the ends of extremities with carbon dioxide. Oxygen is then picked up by the lungs, thereby repeating the cardiovascular cycle.
Veins are closer to the surface of the skin than arteries. Although veins move around sometimes due to growth or from environmental stimuli that presses against the body, they snap back into shape quickly and reliably.
It’s varicose vein time!
Varicose veins are thick, engorged, twisted, gnarled veins that can easily be seen by others due to their dark pigmentation and rest directly below the skin.
They’re essentially backflows of blood that accumulate because the heart doesn’t pump fast or hard enough. Varicose veins can cause substantial health issues if not treated.
Check out these simple varicose vein treatment methods
Exercise is the best at-home treatment for varicose veins. People who exercise benefit from better cardiovascular system performance, thereby reducing the severity of existing spider veins and cutting down the probability of developing them.
Compression outerwear can be worn underneath pants, shirts, and other garments. The medical-minded clothing is not bulky but certainly is effective in treating varicose veins.
People worried about these veins should cut out salt from their diets and aim to add natural sources of potassium like potatoes, almonds, salmon, and leafy vegetables.
Whenever you’re not out and about – especially when you’re at home – keep your legs elevated to promote good blood flow on its way back to the heart.
Metro Vein Centers provides tried-and-true varicose vein treatment that patients with advanced varicose veins need
Metro Vein Centers was incorporated in Detroit 12 years ago by Dr. Ali Meslemani, a graduate of the Ross University of Medicine. Meslemai is known in the medical community for contributing several papers regarding minimally-invasive surgery methods utilizing laparoscopy – all the ones he researched are used in practice today.
Metro Vein Centers has 12 locations throughout four states – New York, the Garden State, Michigan, and the Lone Star State – and only employs doctors that are trained specialists in varicose vein treatment.