03.24.2017

Vein Disease Likes to “Keep it in the Family” (the role of genetics in vein disease)


Approximately half of the U.S. population has venous disease. Venous disease is one of the most common conditions affecting our health. Many have visible varicose veins, where others have no visible signs of the disease. It can affect men and women of all ages and activity levels. People who suffer from varicose and spider veins may wonder why they got them in the first place. Well, vein disease likes to “keep it in the family”, as some may say. In this post, we will discuss the role of heredity as a risk factor for venous disease. In addition, pregnancy, hormone therapy and occupations that require long periods of standing or sitting can contribute to the development of vein disease, usually leading to bulging and painful varicose veins or spider veins.

 Vein disease and genetics 

Heredity is a contributing factor in more than 80 percent of patients suffering from vein disease. If you’ve ever filled out a medical family history form at your doctor’s office or hospital, then you know that your genes can often predict your risk level for medical issues. Vein disease is no exception to this. If you have a parent that suffers from vein disease, you have a 40 percent chance of developing it as well. If both parents suffer from vein disease, your chances can be as high as 90 percent! But, don’t blame your parents because they most likely also inherited this progressive disease.

 Other risk factors

In addition to heredity, other contributing factors to vein disease include:

  • Older age
  • Hormonal changes
  • Pregnancy
  • Gender
  • Prolonged periods of sitting or standing

 Symptoms of vein disease in the legs

Although it’s tough to escape vein disease if it runs in your family, you can help manage the progression by being aware of signs and symptoms. This way, you’ll know when it’s time to get evaluated by a physician experienced in vein disease.

Common leg symptoms include:

  • Pain or achiness
  • Heaviness
  • Fatigue
  • Swelling (increasing as the day progresses)
  • Cramping
  • Restless legs
  • Itching around the affected area
  • Skin changes (darkening, hardening)

 Complications due to vein disease

Varicose veins are often thought of as a cosmetic issue, but they result from a chronic, progressive disease that can lead to serious health conditions if not treated properly.

Complications include:

  • Venous Leg Ulcers
  • Bleeding
  • Infections
  • Blood clots

At Alpha Vein Clinic, we are here to help you with any of your vein disease related needs. Our trusted physician, Dr Sassan Kaveh is highly experienced in diagnosing and treating leg vein disease at every stage. Vein treatments such as Radiofrequency ablation and ClariVein have been proven to be effective in controlling vein disorders and stopping their progression. Contact Alpha Vein Clinic for the latest and most advanced in-office treatments that can eliminate problem veins without invasive surgery and lengthy recovery time. If you have “inherited” vein disease, call us at (702) 430-7661 and let our caring staff schedule an appointment for you at our conveniently located clinic in Las Vegas. Dr Sassan Kaveh and his staff will be there for you every step of the way so you can finally enjoy your healthy and pain-free legs again!

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Las Vegas, NV, 89128

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