Even Teenagers Can Develop Varicose Veins
Posted by: Tampa Cardio
On: November 16, 2020
While the senior citizens still have the market cornered on vein issues it is possible to develop them at any time during life if your circulation isn’t flowing properly.
Most vein centers, especially in Florida, will say that the mainstay of their patients who are treated for varicose veins are above the age of fifty, but it is not uncommon to see patients in their teens and even younger. When varicose veins do form in young people, the risk seems to be equal in both genders. Later in life, it is more common among women than men.
Venous insufficiency can happen in younger years especially in women who become pregnant.
Because it is so commonly believed that varicose veins only happen during our golden years that when young people do start to develop them it is often a slow recognition as to what they really are. It is because of this that they often do not seek medical treatment and will wait until the varicose veins become too uncomfortable to ignore any longer.
Waiting and hoping doesn’t work. Varicose veins will vanish on their own. They have damaged veins and the damage only worsens over time. For those who develop vein issues at a young age, while unsightly and potentially a source of embarrassment, it can also be a helpful wake-up call to seek medical help and get their health back on track early. The sooner you seek intervention the better the likely results.
Varicose Veins in Teens and Pre-Teens
When vein issues strike teens it is almost always due to a genetic abnormality more than any controllable lifestyle factors. If a child or teen begins presenting with varicose veins it is most likely that one or both of their parents suffers from them as well.
The serious complications that occur sometimes as a result of varicose veins in older adults, such as blood clots from DVT (deep vein thrombosis), are way less likely to happen in young people who have varicose veins. Unfortunately, what this often means is that treatment for varicose veins in young people is not always covered by insurance, as it is considered more of a cosmetic concern than a serious medical condition.
If you or someone you love has been afflicted with varicose veins at a young age, action can be taken immediately to ensure that they never develop into a more serious condition later on.
For these people, maintaining a healthy weight and diet, staying active and exercising frequently, wearing loose and non-restrictive clothing, and never taking up the smoking of cigarettes can ensure that varicose veins are kept under control and do not become a major problem later in life. Finding out one has varicose veins is never easy to hear at any age but can be helpful towards addressing and improving one’s overall health in the long run.
No matter what age you are or the severity of your varicose veins or venous insufficiency, The Vein Specializing Cardiologists are here to help – contact us today to schedule an appointment at Tampa Cardiovascular Associates by calling 813-975-2800 or visiting www.tampacardio.com.
Posted by: Tampa Cardio