Varicose veins are veins that bulge, ache or itch because blood that flows down into the legs cannot make its way back up to the heart and lungs for oxygenation. The one-way valves that help the veins pump the blood against gravity’s force are damaged and weak, so they allow blood to pool in places in the veins. This can lead to uncomfortable, unsightly varicose veins.
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View the animation below to see what is causes varicose veins:
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