Venous diseases affect almost 20% of the Hungarian population, and are one of the endemics of our time. There is an increased strain on the lower limbs so the valves in the veins can be destroyed. These are the valves that should interrupt the flow of the used, waste-filled blood back to the heart, but if damaged, they cannot maintain direction, with some of the blood flowing back to the deeper sections.
In addition, the following play an important role in the development of varicose veins:
Women are more likely to develop varicose veins than men because female hormones relax the vessel walls, so the valves of the same size no longer close properly in dilated blood vessels.
Over time, the walls of the veins also begin to lose their elasticity and valve failure becomes more common.
Genes can be partly responsible for varicose veins, and there is a greater risk of developing them if a close family member suffers from this disease.
Jobs that require long periods of standing may increase your risk of getting varicose veins.
Being overweight also puts an extra burden on the veins, which causes increased strain and extra work on the veins.
The additional pressure exerted on the veins of the pelvis by the weight of the foetus and the relaxing effect of the hormones oestrogen and progesterone on the vessel walls contribute to the development of varicose veins during pregnancy.