Beneath one’s skin and deeper within the body, run a network of veins. These thin, tube-like structures are an essential part of the circulatory system, which distributes blood and nutrients throughout the body. Veins are intricate and fragile and yet at the same time are so resilient and adaptive. What exactly are veins and how to know if something may be wrong with them according to the expert.
When it comes to who is more susceptible for getting veins, Dr Ross answered: “People who are pregnant, overweight or have a family history are more prone to developing thread and varicose veins.
“For knowing whether your vein may be dangerous or when to see a doctor, Dr Ross advised: “It is rare for a vein to be dangerous until it gets blocked in w which case the area would swell and become red which is called Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and requires urgent medical care.
“If the veins ever get painful or one leg swells more than the other it’s advised to go see your GP.”
Veins return oxygen-depleted blood back to the heart against the force of gravity.
If veins are too weak, a condition called venous insufficiency, blood can pool in the legs and cause swelling, pain, discolouration and wounds.
Chronic venous insufficiency is more common in people who are obese, pregnant or have a family history of the problems.
It can also be caused by high blood pressure in the leg veins, as a result of siting or standing for long stints; not enough exercise, smoking, or deep vein thrombosis.
Depending on the severity, treatments may range from medication to surgery.