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A varicose vein is a large, bulging vein, which can be caused by a faulty valve, weak vein wall, or combination of both. Patients with varicose veins receive an evaluation to determine the underlying cause.
In addition, the evaluation determines the major leak point, which is the basic origin of a varicose vein. The non-invasive evaluation usually consists of an in-office Doppler and color Duplex ultrasound examination.
The mostly common factors in the predisposition to varicose veins are heredity, pregnancy, and hormones. Varicose veins are chronic and progressive in most cases. They can be treated with sclerotherapy and endovenous methods such as Endovenous laser (E-LAS).
Though the exact cause of varicose veins is not known, it is known that the vein walls expand and the valves could be damaged in the process. The damage happens when the blood is prevented from moving up the legs and out of them and therefore the heavy weight of the blood is exerted on the valves, which can hold for a certain limit before they start leaking blood to the lower parts of the legs. As the valves lose their grip, they become damaged and more blood seeps into the lower leg parts where it pools in the vein and forms spots visible to the human eyes. When you have this type of vein you may also have symptoms of tiredness and "heaviness."