Are varicose veins genetic?

Are Varicose Veins Genetic?

More often than not, patients wonder why they have unsightly varicose veins. They ask questions like, “What causes these bulging veins?” and “Why do I have spider/varicose veins?” Many of these patients are likely to have parents who suffer from vein disease as well. The fact is that varicose veins are most commonly inherited.

Facts about Factors

If varicose veins are present in your familial background, you have an 85% chance of having weakened valves and develop vein disease, according to a study done in the United Kingdom. Factors that contribute to vein disease -especially if it’s in your family tree- include:

  • Obesity
  • Spending lengthy amounts of time on your feet
  • Hormonal changes
  • Female gender
  • Pregnancy
  • Lack of physical exercise

What’s Beneath the Surface

Spider veins are small, almost wispy, red and blue vessels that appear just beneath the skin. These commonly are visible on the calf and thigh area of the leg and look similar to tree branches. Spider veins cause many patients to skip the mini skits and shorts. Varicose veins appear through the skin as large, raised and swollen veins. They usually develop in the legs and have a twisting rope like appearance. Some of the symptoms, like swelling, itching, leg pain, leg fatigue and restless legs, may be temporarily improved with the use of compression stockings, but this is not a cure. Treatment is necessary for these unhealthy veins.

Clinically, veins are the bodies way of returning deoxygenated blood from the limbs and outer areas of the body, back to the heart to be oxygenated and continue circulation.  The result of vein disease is valves in the veins fail to function properly and blood flow Reverses and flows backward into the veins, rather than flowing up and circulating. Pressure is built up, swelling and discoloration are apparent and blot clots and ulcers become a possibility.Intense pressure in the vein makes them become thick and twisted -called varicosities.

Not to worry!

If you are experiencing varicose veins, it is more than likely that they were inherited. Lucky for those affected, today there are minimally invasive treatments that can rid you of your vain pains.Alpha Vein Clinic is a comfortable setting to begin your road to total vein recovery. Dr. Sassan Kaveh, Alpha Vein Clinic’s physician is trained in the most up to date procedures and can answer any question or concern you may have. Let us help you get back to being comfortable in your own skin.

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