The Vein Vulnerability in Aging

Vein Health Associated with AgingHealth is wealth. The statement rings the truest when your doctor tells you a disease is crippling your system. When you’re healthy, everything seems possible. It’s much easier to accomplish things, big or small.

Everything changes when a disease takes hold. Your physical and mental abilities weaken, and you’re never as sharp and never as energetic anymore. Unfortunately, for some diseases, no precautionary measure can prevent them.

Aging, for example, is a natural factor causing the body to deteriorate and have less protection against diseases.

The Golden Years

Aging can bring about a number of diseases, one of which is venous disease. Experts say people over 50 are more susceptible to both varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). Other risk factors include obesity, family history and gender (women prove to be more vulnerable than men).

Watch Out For Those Signs

Superficial or deep vein thrombosis, skin discolorations and feeling of swelling and heaviness in the legs are common symptoms of venous disease.

Possible signs also include venous leg ulcer (open wound)  and cramps in the calves. Depending on the severity, these signs can indicate the need to consult a specialist.

Treatments for the Veins

Although not considered a serious health risk, CVI still brings pain and discomfort. Physicians administer varied treatments in correcting venous disease.

Compression Stockings – In mild cases, compression stockings improve blood flow by forcing the blood in the right direction.

Venous Stent – Severe cases may require surgical procedures, such as the placement of a venous stent. A stent is a metal-scaffold intended to  keep narrowed veins open, sometimes used to open a blockage.

Sclerotherapy – Another treatment for severe cases, schlerotherapy involves chemical injections administered to abnormal veins to stop blood from flowing through them.

Although aging has not been kind to most people in terms of health, you can be the exception.  There are preventative programs and treatments for old people, keeping your condition the best that it can be.