Who is at Risk for Varicose Veins?

Nobody wants varicose veins, but factors like genetics and weight can increase the likelihood of developing this vascular disease. Varicose and spider veins can occur in both men and women of any age, but most frequently, they affect women.

Pregnancy is one of the major cause of varicose veins in women. An expectant mother has a huge increase of blood in her body that causes veins to enlarge. Hormonal changes during pregnancy, premenstruation or menopause can also be a factor. Women who take hormone replacement therapy or birth control pills may increase your risk of varicose veins. There is an even higher chance of developing varicose veins if the mother has already given birth to one or more children.

Additionally, men and women who are between 30 and 70 years old have an increased risk of developing varicose veins. As you age, normal wear and tear can cause the valves in your veins to malfunction and allow blood to flow back into your veins.

Genetics can also play a role in causing varicose veins. If you have family members who suffered from vein problems, you are more likely to develop varicose veins as well. Also, there is an increased chance of developing varicose or spider veins if you are born with weak vein valves.

Maintaining a healthy weight can help to prevent the development of varicose veins. Added weight from obesity puts extra pressure on your veins and can weaken them over time.

People who stand for a long period of time have an increased risk of developing varicose veins. Your blood doesn’t flow as well if you are in the same position for an extended period. If you’ve injured your leg in the past, this can also affect blood flow and vein health.

Varicose veins can usually be diagnosed with a simple consultation, and our doctors can assist you in planning prevention and treatment of varicose veins.

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