If your family medical history includes venous disease, odds are you too may experience unsightly varicose veins in the future. While heredity is a leading risk factor for developing varicose and spider veins, here are a few myths dispelled about additional causes of venous disease:
Myth 1: Only women develop varicose veins.
According to the Huffington Post, 25% of men will suffer from varicose veins. While genetics do play in a role in the development of varicose veins and women are more likely to experience symptoms, anyone can develop the condition. Prolonged standing, pregnancy, living a sedentary lifestyle, and significant weight fluctuation are all risk factors contributing to your chances of developing varicose veins.
Myth 2: Venous disease is a sign of aging and only occurs in older adults.
Natural wear and tear of the venous system can increase your risk for varicose and spider veins; however, they can surface at any age. It is certainly more common to experience symptoms of venous disease as one ages, but symptoms may also arise in young adults and even teenagers. The most likely contributing factor to venous disease is heredity.
Myth 3: Once varicose or spider veins have been treated, they will always reoccur.
The treatment of varicose veins has come a long way. Treatment options today are safer and much more efficient. While there is no guarantee against recurrence of varicose or spider veins after treatment, your chances are less for recurrence following treatments such as EVLT, RFA, Ambulatory Phlebectomy and Sclerotherapy. In addition, by following a few simple tips you can further reduce your likelihood of recurrence or delay onset of future venous disease.
Myth 4: There is no way to prevent varicose veins.
True, there is no way to completely eliminate your risk for developing varicose veins, but there are steps you can take to lessen your chances or delay the onset of venous disease. Some of those include maintaining a physically active lifestyle and avoiding prolonged periods of sitting or standing. To learn more about steps you can take to lessen your risk or delay onset of varicose veins click here.
Do you have varicose or spider veins? You can trust the experienced vascular surgeons of Premier Vein Clinics in Knoxville. Schedule a consultation today by calling (865) 588-8229 or request an appointment online to determine if treatment is the right option for you.