Teens and young adults seem to be busy planning or dreaming of their futures. Most, in this age group, do not consider the possibility of varicose veins, now or in the future. Over 80 million people in the U.S suffer from vein disorders and varicose veins are very common but not just in older adults. Today, increasing numbers of teens and young adults are found to be seeking treatment of venous reflux. While early diagnosis and treatment of venous disorders may prevent future leg discomfort and complications, venous disease continues to be overlooked among all populations.
It’s important to understand that varicose or visible superficial veins do not need to be present for a diagnosis of vein disease. The symptoms to be aware of are aching, heaviness, leg fatigue and ankle swelling. Restless leg symptoms, especially with sleep, and lower leg itchiness or clusters of spider veins at the inner or outer ankle should all be considered possible signs of vein disease. These signs and symptoms are usually indicators of the underlying problem of vein issues: venous insufficiency or venous reflux.
Populations at Risk for Varicose Veins
As we age, the risk of varicose veins does increase due to increased valve damage and the resulting effects of the reverse blood flow in the lower extremities. Over time, as symptoms become more noticeable, a patients symptoms becomes that constant reminded to seek treatment.
However, the primary cause of vein disease, accounting for approximately 80% of all vein patients is heredity. If your mother or father, grandparents, aunts or uncles suffer from venous disease you may also be at risk. Many young adults are becoming mindful of the connection of heredity and personal health and now are connecting their physical symptoms to a possible vein disorder.
Varicose Veins or Vein Disorders in Your 20’s and Beyond?
No matter what your age, if you have varicose veins, experience symptoms of venous disease or have a family history, it is important to see a vein specialist. Our team at Minnesota Vein Center will provide a comprehensive evaluation, including personal and family history and physical exam, a detailed venous ultrasound evaluation, and recommendations including thorough educational procedural information.
Whether you just need preventative measures, vein health counseling/consultation or require a professional procedure at our office in North Oaks, Minnesota Vein Center specialists can help you improve your lifestyle by improving your vein health. Contact us for a consultation in our North Oaks location or complete our simple and convenient online tool: Varicose Vein Self-Assessment at the convenience of your own home.