Dr. Navarro explains how hormone replacement therapy and birth control pills contribute to the development of varicose veins.
By weakening the wall of the vein and by opening microscopic channels between arteries and veins called shunts, which altogether will increase the pressure of the venous blood inside the vein and weaken the vein, which that would bring failure of the valves, accumulation of the blood in the lower part of the legs, and the development of varicose veins, swelling, and all the symptoms and complications from varicose veins.
We know that what’s at the level of the wall of the vein, weakening the vein wall, and we know that estrogens may open little connections between arteries and veins, microscopic arteries and veins, and is called shunts, the microscopic little connections called shunts, and when you open the shunts more arterial blood could pass to the venous system and increase the local venous pressure. And of course with that, with the weakening of the vein wall, can give rise to varicose veins and spider veins.
About Dr. Navarro, M.D., F.A.C.S.:
Luis Navarro, M.D., F.A.C.S., is the Founder and Medical Director of The Vein Treatment Center, established in 1982. Dr. Navarro is a General Surgeon, originally board certified in 1976. He is also a senior Clinical Instructor of Surgery at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, where he was Chief Surgical Resident. Dr. Navarro graduated cum laude from the University of Barcelona Medical School in his native Spain. He is affiliated with Beth Israel Medical Center and Lenox Hill Hospital. Dr. Navarro is a Diplomate of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American College of Phlebology, International Union of Phlebology, Canadian Society of Phlebology, American Society of Laser Medicine, and numerous other venous-related societies.