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2017-04-21

Who is at Risk for Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are the blueish to red colored enlarged or bulging veins that become congested with blood and can become painful, especially if left untreated. Millions of people are affected by varicose veins, but who in particular is at risk for varicose veins? Explore this blog to find out what factors affect varicose veins and who is prone to getting them.

Women

Females are more susceptible to have varicose veins (especially in the legs) than males. It is believed female hormones, hormone replacement therapy, and/or birth control can be partly responsible for the development of varicose veins. Also, being pregnant can heighten the chance of varicose veins as a growing fetus adds pressure to the veins. Fortunately, pregnant women who develop varicose veins can expect improvement within three months following delivery.

Men

Both men and women can get varicose veins contrary to the popular belief that men are not at risk. Yes, women are more prone to have varicose veins in their lifetime, but 25 percent of men ranging from ages 30 to 40 will develop varicose veins. Approximately 50 percent of all men age 70 and above most likely have them as well.

Older Age

Although age does not necessarily have much influence on varicose veins, the older population is at a higher risk of getting them. This is due to aging that leads to general wearing and tearing on vein valves. Also, the elderly are more prone to vascular problems with blood flowing in the correct direction and phlebitis, which occurs when varicose veins become inflamed.

Overweight

Are you aware that generally one-third of Americans are considered obese? Those who are obese or overweight are highly vulnerable to develop varicose veins because of the extra pressure placed on the veins. Also, obesity can lead to other health issues like high blood pressure and absence of physical activity, which are causes for the development of varicose veins.

Family History

Does anyone in your family have varicose veins? This is something important to know because varicose veins are hereditary. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, around half of all people who have varicose veins also have family members who have them too. Knowing your family history could help you take preventative measures to avoid varicose veins or treat them in time.

About Via Vascular

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.

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