Can My Varicose Veins Affect My Blood Pressure? Some truths about venous hypertension.
Statement: I already know my varicose veins can be caused by my elevated blood pressure.
The real picture: Sure, elevated blood pressure can be accompanied with varicose veins as a symptom. But elevated blood pressure might not be the cause of everyone getting varicose veins. Very often, varicose veins are hereditary. They are caused by a weakening of the venous walls.
Statement: But only older people or pregnant women can get varicose veins.
The reality: While many women do find themselves with varicose veins during pregnancy, and while venous walls do weaken with age, the truth is that anyone can get varicose veins, including men and young people. Varicose veins can occur from standing too often, or from sitting too often, either at work or during traveling. When the venous walls weaken, too much strain from a heavy workout elevates the blood pressure, and the veins and valves have to work very hard to pump the blood from the feet and legs back up to the heart. Conversely, when the body sits for too long, blood can pool in the weakened veins because the body isn’t working hard enough to pump the blood back up to the heart. But again, sitting, standing, and working out too much in and of themselves don’t automatically cause varicose veins. However, varicose veins are common enough in people that a moderate workout routine and an active lifestyle are good practices for just about everyone.
Statement: So, if varicose veins may be caused by elevated blood pressure, that means the reverse can’t be true, that varicose veins don’t affect my blood pressure. Right?
The reality: Not so fast. Doctors are still working on learning the full effects that varicose veins have on blood pressure. However, what they do know is that varicose veins can contribute to venous hypertension. When blood pools in the veins in your lower extremities, that puts additional pressure on your heart, which has to then work harder to pump all of that pooled blood back up the body. This is especially dangerous to people who already have an underlying heart condition. That is why varicose veins are themselves, in fact, considered a medical condition.
Statement: I don’t have to worry, then, if I don’t have varicose veins.
The reality: Incorrect! Many people suffering venous hypertension have no visible symptoms. This is why regular medical checkups are a must, especially if you have a family history of high blood pressure, hypertension, or heart disease.But since varicose veins are known to have a negative medical effect on the body, apart from being unsightly, it can be worthwhile to get them removed with a simple in-office sclerotherapy treatment.If you have hypertension caused by varicose veins or are ready to consider sclerotherapy to remove your varicose veins, visit us at www.sdveininstitute.com or contact us at 760-944-9263.
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