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Health Tip: Identifying Varicose Veins

Here’s what to look for (HealthDay News) — Varicose veins are unsightly, swollen vessels that typically affect the legs. The Mayo Clinic mentions these warning signs: Blue or dark-purple veins. Veins that twist and bulge, resembling electric cords beneath the skin. Pain or a heavy sensation. Veins that itch or bleed. Swelling, cramped muscles, throbbing…

Venous Reflux Disease: Who is susceptible?

Normal veins have valves that prevent the blood they carry from flowing backwards – away from the heart. When the valves do not function properly, they can allow blood to flow backwards and pool in the legs. When this occurs, it is referred to as venous reflux. Venus reflux can cause pain, lead to varicose…

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Obesity Can Cause and Conceal Varicose Veins

Losing weight is a common New Year’s resolution people make, for good reason. Obesity contributes to the likelihood of developing many poor health conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and some forms of cancer. Obesity can also cause varicose veins to develop. Carrying extra pounds puts pressure on your veins. Larger veins…