What are varicose veins and how do you get them? Or even better, how do you get rid of them?
Varicose veins (varices) are abnormally widened veins. Having these veins occurs quite a lot. Millions of Dutch people suffer from this affliction, with women suffering more than men.
How do varicose veins come to be?
In a well functioning vascular system, the main arteries bring blood from the heart to the other parts of the body and the veins return the blood from these parts back to the heart. Valves in the veins make sure the blood flows in just one direction, namely towards the heart. If the valves don’t seal properly, then the blood won’t be properly pushed upwards and the blood will ‘fall’ back down. This results in stowage and pressure in the veins causing them to widen.