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What Causes Varicose Veins and How to Reduce the Symptoms veins often cause discomfort and look unattractive.

Professor Mark Whiteley, vascular surgeon and Founder of The Whiteley Clinic has said varicose veins could indicate venous disease, explained why the condition occurs and how people can reduce symptoms.

He has also stated that the condition does is not an indicator of heart health – and are not linked to heart disease or arterial disease or being overweight.

“In their simplest form, varicose veins can be identified as the bulging veins which protrude from the legs. The biggest ones bulge the skin and therefore have no colour and these disappear on lying down and lifting the leg.

“More superficial veins allow the blood to be seen through the skin and can appear green, with even more superficial ones appearing to be blue or even red.

“However, shockingly, up to half of all varicose veins sufferers will show no overt signs of the condition until a complication arises, as the troublesome veins remain hidden deeper under the skin where they cannot be seen without a scan.”

Symptoms of varicose veins often include; itching, burning, aches, muscle fatigue, cramping, restless leg syndrome, and leg heaviness.


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