through which the impure blood is carried back to the heart. They
have valves which regular the flow of blood towards the heart. Varicose
veins are a condition in which veins become enlarged, dilated or
and can occur in any part of the body but generally appear on the
The veins of the
the largest in the body and they carry the blood from the lower
upwards towards the heart. The direction of circulation in these
is largely determined by gravity.
Though there are
obstacles to blood-flow, it is usually the incompetence of the valve
leads to an increase in intravenous pressure.
appearance and can be dangerous. A blood clot within a large, greatly
vein may breakaway and move toward the heart and lungs, causing serious
complications. Varicose veins are about twice as common as occurrence
women as in men. This disease is rare in rural undeveloped societies.
The first sign of
veins is a swelling along the course of the veins. This may be followed
by muscular cramps and a feeling of tiredness in the legs behind he
In some cases, the normal flow of blood towards the heart may be
when the patient is in an upright position. This results in venous
collecting in the lower part of the legs and the skin becomes purplish
and pigmented, leading to what is known as varicose eczema or varicose
ulcers. Both conditions cause severe pain.
A varicose condition
the veins results from sluggish circulation due to various factors such
as constipation, dietetic errors, lack of exercise and smoking.
for long periods and wearing tight clothing’s can also lead to sluggish
circulation. Pregnancy may cause varicose veins due to increased
in the pelvis and abdomen, which slows down the flow of blood from the
lower extremities to the heart. Women usually suffer from this
in the early years of child-bearing. Obesity can also cause varicose