Varicose veins are easy to spot when they occur in the legs and feet. The bumpy, enlarged veins may appear purple and puffed and may even show smaller veins surrounding them. They can happen at any age but are especially common in aging adults. If family caregivers or senior care providers notice that an elderly adult has varicose veins, they should not ignore them. Instead, they must arrange an appointment with the doctor.
Causes and Symptoms of Varicose Veins in the Elderly.
Veins are found throughout the body, working hard to deliver blood from the extremities back to the heart. Of them all, the leg veins are the largest and work the hardest as they usually push the blood against the pull of gravity. Over time, this strain can weaken the vein’s walls, distorting the valves inside. When these valves no longer work well, they cannot prevent the blood from flowing backward. It can then pool in the legs and cause sluggish circulation.
Millions of seniors develop varicose veins and this age group is at a high risk for them. Besides age, other risk factors include a sedentary lifestyle, poor nutrition, obesity, and a family history of the condition. The visible symptoms of varicose veins are often enough to identify them, but in addition elderly adults may also feel itchiness or tenderness in the area.
Treatment for Varicose Veins in the Elderly.
A doctor will start a treatment program for the aging adult with varicose veins, and although there is no cure for the condition, it can be well managed with the help of family caregivers and senior care providers. Common treatment plans include wearing compression stockings to help move the blood upward and elevating the feet whenever the senior is sitting down. In extreme cases, surgery can have a positive impact on varicose veins. Other ways to manage varicose veins include regular activity and a healthy diet.
If the varicose veins are left untreated, they could lead to serious health problems in seniors. One of the most dangerous issues is that the aging adult might develop blood clots. These form in pooled blood and can break away and travel throughout the body, blocking blood flow. This can be especially dangerous if the blood clot goes to the lungs, brain, or the heart, causing a heart attack or stroke.
Seniors need help from their family caregivers and senior care providers to identify varicose veins, see a doctor, and then manage treatment. By paying attention to the legs, family caregivers and senior care providers can help the aging adult get medical help as soon as possible and remain healthier and happier.
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