Are Varicose Veins and High Blood Pressure Related?

Varicose veins and high blood pressure are one of the common problems that many people get affected with. High blood pressure or hypertension occurs when the blood flow through the blood vessels is high than normal. Whereas varicose veins are the swollen, twisted and enlarged veins that mostly affect legs and feet. Research has shown that blood pressure and varicose veins are related.

What is High Blood Pressure?

The tissues and organs need oxygenated blood to function well. The oxygenated blood will be supplied by the arteries, veins, and capillaries using the pressure generated by the beating heart. This is called blood pressure. But when this force or pressure that pushes the blood against the blood vessel walls is high, it is called high blood pressure. Hypertension or high blood pressure is also known as a silent killer. This is because it does not show any signs and can lead to serious issues such as strokes, kidney failure, etc.

Connection Between Varicose Veins and High Blood Pressure

Both varicose veins and high blood pressure are different health issues, but they occur due to some similar underlying factors. Varicose veins occur when the valves inside the veins get damaged or do not work well. Due to this, blood starts following backwards and gets pooled in the veins. This leads to twisted and enlarged veins in the legs. 

If varicose veins are left untreated, it can lead to a sudden drop in blood pressure or an increase in blood pressure. As blood gets pooled in the leg veins, blood pressure can drop when you stand after resting down for a long time. This is called orthostatic hypertension and can cause signs such as imbalance, dizziness, etc.

At the same time, if the blood pressure inside the varicose veins increases, it can lead to a condition called venous hypertension. This can damage the valves inside the blood vessels and can permanently weaken the vein walls. This will add an additional burden on the veins and walls to pump blood to the heart from the legs and feet. The pumping of blood from the damaged veins becomes difficult and can cause inflammation. If venous hypertension is present in many valves, it can cause serious issues.

There are several types of varicose veins treatment that can help reduce discomfort, and to avoid further complications.

Common Risk Factors of Varicose Veins

If you have high blood pressure in the veins, the following are some of the common risk factors for developing venous hypertension:

  • Being obese
  • Women are more likely to develop varicose veins than men
  • Being inactive 
  • Pregnancy
  • Use of birth control pills
  • Smoking
  • As you get older, the walls and valves will weaken and this can lead to varicose veins
  • Vein damage
  • A family history of varicose veins
  • Thrombosis can damage the walls and valves. This can further lead to varicose veins

Treatment For Varicose Veins and For Blood Pressure Caused by Varicose Veins

There is no cure for varicose veins. But the treatments help to reduce discomfort and their appearance. You have to make certain lifestyle changes to reduce the severity. You should maintain a healthy weight, follow regular exercise, and should avoid sitting or standing for longer durations. Other treatment options include:

  • Leg elevations
  • Use of supportive stockings
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Laser therapy
  • Vein surgery

However, the treatment is based on your age, signs, expectations, etc. The doctor will consider all these factors before determining a treatment option for you.

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If you are suffering from a vein disease, Dr Pradyumna Reddy can help you help restore the normal functioning of your veins. He is one of the well-known interventional radiologists in Hyderabad. He combines his extensive knowledge and experience, with the latest innovations in vein treatments. He is always ready to provide the best diagnosis and care for all your vascular conditions. He is committed to promptly addressing your queries, and offering personalized treatments. He performs the appropriate treatment for you to restore your vein health and to avoid future vein problems. Do not wait and schedule your consultation today to take a step towards your better health.