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Information à propos des varices et des télangiectasies pour patients et profissionnelles de la santé
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What are Varicose Veins? 

Varicose veins and Telangiectasia (spider veins) are usually normal veins that progressively stretch, bulge and become visible. Varicose veins may be caused by a hereditary factor; the father or the mother may have varicose veins, or in some cases, even one of the grandparents or an uncle / aunt. Besides the hereditary tendency, some other factors can aggravate the varicose veins. One of the main factors that may cause this aggravation is the pregnancy. Another one that is also very important is the use of contraceptives. Standing or sitting for very long periods of time also causes varicose veins. Therefore, people who stand or sit for long periods of time, who use contraceptive or who have several pregnancies and present the hereditary tendency, have a strong possibility of developing the problem. The hereditary factor reaches men and women equally, but a very larger proportion of women will have varicose veins because of the effect of the feminine hormone that aggravates the problem. 

Varicose veins: a problem since the antiquity 

The varicose veins of lower extremities have been studied and treated since the antiquity. There are references to treatments that raise from more than 2000 years ago. In Doctor Amynos's sanctuary, close to the Acropolis of Athens, a sculpture was discovered in an excavation. This sculpture probably represented the gratitude of a Greek person and it showed a leg with thick and visible varicose veins. The concern of the medicine about the varicose veins began in the origins of the civilization history. That happens because the varicose veins are visible. Then, for the practioners of the old medicine, who did not have adequate instruments to examine the human body, the cause and effect relationship of the symptoms with the presence of the veins, that are easily visible, was soon made. Due to the fact that it is a visible disease, it concerns the women in the XXI century. 

The varicose veins and the changes of the sixties 

The change of habits in the last decades, mainly the use of mini-skirts in the sixties, caused a great development in the treatment of the varicose veins of the lower extremities, especially in Brazil . Our country is known all over the world as a pioneer and an innovator when it comes to techniques for the treatment of varicose veins of lower extremities. The development of the sclerotherapy and of new equipment for cryosclerotherapy to treat the telangiectasies ("spider veins"), the use of the crochet hook, surgeries of varicose veins and microvarices using the microincisions, and even the wide range of techniques that can be used in each particular case, were developed here, by doctors who were good observers, who had very good sense and privileged creativity. All that allowed them, with few resources, to develop innovative techniques used all over the world. We can say, and of course, with certain pride, that in the area of Phlebology (the study of the veins) the place that has the best technology in the world is Brazil . I can mention the Brazilian phlebologist and vascular surgeon's creative characteristics, but of course , other factors should be taken into account: Brazilian women's concern with the body. Not only because of the climate that demands light clothes, but also because the pursue for beauty by Brazilian women, which is unique in the world.

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