Common Causes of Varicose Veins

A vascular surgeon in Mesa, Arizona, Mitar Vranic is the founder of Western Vascular Institute, PLLC. In addition to treating a variety of vascular diseases, Mitar Vranic and his partner Dr. Henry Tarlian treat varicose veins using techniques such as advanced radio frequency, a less painful alternative to surgery or vein ligation.

Varicose veins are swollen veins visible just under the surface of the skin. While they typically cause few symptoms or trouble, they can sometimes lead to moderate pain, blood clots, skin ulcers, and other problems. Age is one common factor contributing to varicose veins; as skin ages, veins lose their elasticity, causing blood to pool and veins to become enlarged.

Pregnant women may also experience varicose veins, as pregnancy causes an increase in blood volume and a decrease in blood flow from the legs to the pelvis. Additionally, changing hormone levels may affect the appearance of varicose veins.