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4 Common Varicose Vein Myths You Need to Know

Fact or fiction, true or false—it seems as though for every fact there is a fallacy, especially when it comes to information found online. Let us debunk four common varicose vein myths. The truth may just shock you!

Myth #1 – Only older women can get varicose veins

This assumption is false. According to, varicose veins can occur in anyone regardless of gender or age. While older age and genetics play a role in the development of varicose veins, anyone can develop them, including teens and men. Those who live a relatively sedentary lifestyle, have significant weight gain, and engage in prolonged standing, or those that are pregnant tend to be at risk for varicose veins.

Myth #2 – Men are not at risk for varicose veins

Of all the varicose vein myths, this one is too often forgotten about. This myth is false. Traditionally speaking, varicose veins plague middle-aged women. However, these bulging, twisting veins are not restricted to the female population. As many as 25 percent of men between ages 30 and 40 will develop varicose veins and half of all men age 70 and over likely already have them.

Myth #3 – Pregnancy causes varicose veins       

While pregnancy does not necessarily cause varicose veins to form, pregnancy can increase the risk of getting them. During pregnancy, there is a huge increase in the amount of blood in the body. This can cause veins to enlarge.  The growing uterus also puts an increased amount of pressure on the veins. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can also influence the formation of varicose veins. If varicose veins form during pregnancy, they usually improve within 3 months after delivery.

Myth #4 – Crossing your legs causes varicose veins

This is false. According to UAMS vascular surgeon Dr. Mohammed Moursi, crossing your legs is not one of the causes of varicose veins. This is an old popular myth. Varicose veins are predominantly linked to genetics and sedentary lifestyles.

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Via Vascular can help you decide if you are a candidate for treatment, and can inform you about the different types and phases of vein treatments offered. If you are unsure about varicose vein or spider vein symptoms or procedures, contact Via Vascular. Find out more information and make an appointment today by calling Via Vascular at (206) 525-8346 or by filling out our online contact form.


Editors Note: This post was originally published on December 16th, 2014 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.


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