Spider and Varicose Vein Causes Overview

Vein disease is a common disease process that affects 1 out of 4 people in the United States.  With risk factors mainly being genetics, vein disease can cause a range of symptoms from cosmetic concerns such as spider veins and varicose veins to more medical issues such as leg heaviness, leg pain, leg cramping, and restless leg.

The disease process usually begins when patients are in their 30s.  The thought process of why it begins this late is related to the pathophysiology of the issue.  In patients with vein disease, unidirectional valves that normally help carry blood back to the heart do not work well.  This leads to an increased pressure build up in a patient’s leg – leading to spider veins and varicose veins.  As patients get older, or as the venous disease worsens, this pressure system gets worse and worse due to prolonged standing and continued valvular failure.  Eventually these valves fail completely leading to venous disease.  

In some patients, the vein disease process may be limited to just spider and varicose veins.  For other patients, it may lead to skin ulcerations, skin hyper-pigmentation, itching, leg cramping, leg pain, swelling, and restless leg.

Message from our Spider and Varicose Vein Doctors:

It’s important that if you are having early signs of vein disease to have a consult with a board certified vein doctor.  Treating the issue early may prevent a lot of long term medical problems related to this disease process.  There are a variety of treatments available on the market for vein disease.  At our Spider Vein & Varicose Vein Treatment Clinic, we specialize in the latest in minimally invasive treatments for vein disease.