Varicose veins are sometimes considered to be not medically threatening and more of an aesthetic problem.
However, there is a two-way connection between varicose veins and high blood pressure which is not fully understood. Just as much as varicose veins can be a consequence of blood pressure, they can also contribute to it.
Varicose veins are caused by high blood pressure within a vein
Inefficient valves in the veins mean that the blood isn’t pumped through the veins as well as it could be, due to inefficient or damaged valves within the vein. This puts more pressure on other veins and as each valve breaks, blood pressure increases on other valves, causing further veins to be damaged. When the valves break down, the veins in the leg bulge through the skin and become unsightly – the visible varicose veins – which result when high blood pressure occurs in a number of valves.
Varicose veins can contribute to blood pressure
Doctors understand that having varicose veins can actually contribute to blood pressure conditions like venous hypertension and other illnesses. Where the blood cannot flow freely through the legs due to varicose veins, there is a build-up of blood pressure which elevates the blood pressure within the body, increasing the risk of consequences and complications.
Shared risk factors
The final issue is that both varicose veins and high blood pressure share a number of common risk factors, including:
- excess weight/obesity
- lack of exercise
- leg injuries
So if you are concerned about either blood pressure or varicose veins, it is sensible to be aware of the connection between the two conditions.
Varicose Vein Treatment
Cosmedics Skin Clinics offer private EVLA (endovenous laser ablation) laser varicose vein removal at their London vein treatment centre with a renowned vascular surgeon with prices starting at £1,650 per leg (1 vein).
For more information or to book a consultation, please complete the form on this web page or call 020 7386 0464.