Varicose veins are caused when the one-way valves inside the veins fail, allowing blood to flow the wrong way down the vein, stretching the vein wall. If left untreated, this abnormal flow can cause other problems in a proportion of people, resulting in inflammation, skin damage, eczema, ulcers or blood clots.
Many doctors have tried to repair the failed valves – with very little success. Others try to strengthen the vein wall, to bring the valve leaflets closer together to try to help the valve to work again – once again with very poor results.
The failure of repairing the valves themselves or the vein holding the valves, suggested there is another reason that the valves fail.
This article explains a new discovery by Oliver Lyons and Professor Alberto Smith, showing a genetic link between the valves and maintenance of their function – a process never suggested previously.
This discovery explains many of the so far un-explained observations with regards varicose veins and venous disease.