Are Varicose Veins a Sign of Heart Disease?

Are Varicose Veins a Sign of Heart Disease?

Varicose veins—dark, bulging, sometimes painful veins visible under the skin—are often a symptom of another health condition: venous insufficiency. We know that venous insufficiency is largely responsible for creating varicose veins. Because veins are so strongly linked to the heart, some may think there is a connection between this venous insufficiency and heart disease. But is there actually a link between them? Varicose Veins First, let’s consider how varicose veins are formed. These veins appear when vein valves in our legs stop working properly. Our vein valves are responsible for keeping blood circulating throughout our body. This is hardest to accomplish in our legs, where valves must push blood upward […]

Swimming & Vein Health

Swimming & Vein Health

Why is it important to keep our legs strong? One reason is to avoid developing varicose veins. These dark, bumpy, sometimes painful veins form when vein valves in our legs become weakened or damaged. When the valves are strong, they’re able to circulate blood upwards through the leg, against the flow of gravity. But when they’re weakened, blood starts to pool in the vein, causing a varicose vein to form. What Increases the Risk of Varicose Veins? Vein valves may naturally weaken over time due to aging or genetic factors. But there are other reasons why veins may weaken faster than normal. For example, individuals who are often sitting all […]