What are Varicose Veins - Homemakers Magazine - June 2009
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What are Varicose Veins - Homemakers Magazine - June 2009

VEINS, VEINS GO AWAY

What are Varicose Veins? 
Arteries carry blood to the body and veins carry blood back to the heart; capillaries connect arteries and veins. When capillaries weaken, blood can pool in the veins, making them bulge.

Causes 
Although varicose veins are hereditary, increased pressure in the legs from standing for long periods of time, obesity and heat can make them look and feel worse.

Treatment 
They can be treated with sclerotherapy, in which a salt-dextrose solution is injected into the veins, causing them to shrink. Support tights inverted Yoga postures and a healthy weight can help prevent or mitigate varicose veins.

Text by Dr. Lisa Kellett

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