Who Is At Risk For Varicose Veins?

Unfortunately, no one is immune to varicose veins. While they’re often associated primarily with women, or with older people, they can also occur because of hormonal changes, various medical issues, and even simply being sedentary or overweight. That’s why it’s important to understand all of the risk factors associated with varicose veins, so you can make the necessary changes to prevent this condition, or to keep it from worsening if you already suffer from it. Continue reading to learn more about the causes of varicose veins and if you may be at risk.

Contributing factors for the development of varicose veins range from genetics to lifestyle. For example, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, about half of all people who suffer from varicose veins have a family history of the condition. Your risk goes up if one parent has or has had varicose veins, and is even higher if both parents are or have ever been affected.

Women are also at greater risk, with the condition affecting between 50 and 55 percent of women in the United States, and between 40 and 45 percent of men. The increased incidence among women may stem partly from hormonal changes that affect a woman throughout her life, including puberty, pregnancy, the use of birth control pills and menopause.

Age also plays a role, with about half of people over age 50 suffering from varicose veins and the valves in the veins weaken with age. Lifestyle also plays a significant role in whether or not someone develops varicose veins. For example, if you have a job or hobby that requires you to stand or sit for lengthy periods, this can contribute to your veins weakening and lead to varicose veins. This is why people who work in the healthcare field, such as nurses, and people in customer service or hospitality positions, such as restaurant servers are more at risk of developing varicose veins

Previous trauma to the legs, such as injury or surgery, can also increase your risk of varicose veins, as can vein-related diseases and conditions such as thrombophlebitis (i.e. inflammation of a vein as a blood clot forms).

At Alpha Vein Clinic, we not only have extensive experience treating varicose veins, we also understand all of the risk factors that contribute to the development of this sometimes painful condition. We can not only treat your varicose veins, but also advise you on the best way to prevent them so you can better protect your veins and your health.

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Las Vegas, NV, 89128

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