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BIOL2160PAPER-VARICOSEVEINS

BIOL2160PAPER-VARICOSEVEINS - Prestridge Emily 16 Varicose...

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Prestridge, Emily 16 Varicose Veins By: Emily Prestridge Biol 2160-Section 2 November 2, 2010
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Prestridge, Emily 16 The first article that I read about varicose veins defined what varicose veins are, what causes them, the symptoms of them, who has them, vein problems related to them, how to diagnose them and the various ways to treat them. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, varicose veins are swollen twisted veins that are visible under the surface of the skin and usually occur in the legs or face. Weak or damaged valves in the veins typically cause varicose veins. If the valves are weak then they allow for the backflow of blood, which can accumulate in the veins, causing them to stretch. The typical signs or symptoms of varicose veins are large veins that are visible on the skin, mild swelling of the ankles and feet, painful, cramping, and itchy legs, and discolored skin near the varicose veins. Complications in varicose veins can lead to dermatitis, which is an itchy rash, and can also lead to superficial thrombophlebitis, which is a blood clot in a vein. Normally, varicose veins are found in more women than men. This could be due to age or the hormonal changes in puberty, pregnancy, menopause, or consumption of birth control. Other factors that determine an increased risk of varicose veins is age, family history, and if the person in obese or overweight.
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