Menopause is a life change that every woman faces and often faces it with little education as to what physical and emotional health matters will be of concern. For many women, the stage of menopause is associated, simply, with the inability to no longer have children but is often not attributed to the cardiovascular risks that may arise.
If you are a woman who is about to go through menopause, it is important to become familiar with the variety of health issues that may develop including the development of menopause varicose veins. For many women, this health complication develops around the time that menopause begins and can be further exacerbated by any co-morbid cardiac complications.
Varicose veins are a health ailment that is found in both men and women. As such, they are not directly isolated to the onset of menopause. In fact, adults typically develop varicose veins due to prolonged sitting or prolonged standing which results in poor blood flow. In women who are about to go through menopause, however, there can be a worsening of this common health complication.
Menopause varicose veins can be painful. But, even more importantly, they can be an indicator that a greater cardiac complication has developed. If you are preparing for varicose vein complications during menopause, then be sure to elicit the help of a cardiologist as this is the medical condition that should not be ignored. Just as men enter into male menopause depression, a condition known as andropause depression, so can women suffer from physical and mental health ailments.
If your doctor has found that your varicose veins are quite complex, and warrant further evaluation, then further cardiac studies will be conducted. In some cases, your doctor may recommend cardiac medication, including an anti-coagulant that can prevent a blood clot from developing in the veins that are problematic.
While not all varicose veins are cause for concern, if you are about to enter into menopause, it would prudent to ask a doctor to evaluate your legs nonetheless. In doing so, you can lay the foundation for future evaluation and assessment of your varicose complication as you enter into, and progress through, the menopausal stage of life.
Sources: Varicose Veins and Spider Veins, by Robert Musson