Everyone has an opinion when it comes to what causes varicose veins. Here are the facts behind the real risk factors to be aware of:
True or False: Genetics is a factor in the development of varicose veins.
TRUE. If you have an immediate relative who has suffered from varicose veins you are more likely to develop similar symptoms over the course of your life.
True or False: Age is a factor in the development of varicose veins.
TRUE. As time goes on, normal wear and tear of veins and the valves regulating blood flow naturally occurs. Patients are also more likely to notice symptoms as they age but it is important to note venous disease can develop at any age.
True or False: Men are not at risk for developing venous disease.
FALSE. In general more women suffer from varicose veins than men; however, men are still at risk of developing varicose veins. The National Institutes of Health estimates 60% of all men and women suffer from some form of vein disorder with a quarter of varicose vein sufferers being men.
True or False: Prolonged standing puts you at risk for developing varicose veins.
TRUE. Standing or sitting for long periods of time can lead to pooling of blood in the legs leading to varicose veins. If your occupation requires prolonged standing try to shift your weight frequently and certainly elevate your feet once you arrive home.
True or False: Significant weight gain can contribute to venous disease.
TRUE. Being overweight is a contributing factor to the development of varicose veins as it causes excessive pressure within the veins of the legs. To combat this risk factor, try to make regular exercise a part of your routine to encourage blood flow.
At the end of the day, listen to your body and if symptoms such as leg pain and swelling are impacting your quality of life, consult a vein specialist at Premier Vein Clinics to determine if venous disease is the culprit.
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