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Genetics Play a Large Role in Varicose Vein Development

by Jane Meggitt

Your parents and grandparents are responsible for the skin, eye and hair color you inherited. They are also the unwitting culprits for certain diseases or conditions you must deal with, and varicose veins may fall into that category. If there’s history of varicose veins running through your family, odds are these unsightly, gnarly bulges will appear on your legs – or elsewhere – someday. You can’t prevent heritable varicose veins, but you can minimize them by taking precautions or eliminate them via minimally invasive surgical options.

Other Risk Factors

If varicose veins don’t run in your family, that doesn’t mean you’re out of the woods. Other risk factors contribute to the development of varicose veins. These include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Blood clot history
  • Excess weight
  • Jobs or activities requiring long periods of standing
  • Frequent heavy lifting

Varicose veins may eventually result in pain, swelling, itching and ulcerated skin. At that point, treatment is necessary.

Lifestyle Changes

Some basic lifestyle changes can help you cope with varicose veins that aren’t painful. Your doctor may recommend a diet and exercise regimen to help you lose weight and increase fitness. Wearing compression stockings and keeping your legs elevated while watching TV or otherwise relaxing can help. Avoid tight clothing that may restrict blood flow. Switch from high heels to more comfortable footwear. Consume a low-salt diet along with plenty of fiber. Salt contributes to vein swelling, while lack of fiber may cause constipation. Straining while trying to defecate may cause varicose veins.

Minimally Invasive Surgical Solutions

If lifestyle changes aren’t enough to stop the discomfort of varicose veins, don’t despair. Minimally invasive surgery will do the trick, and recovery doesn’t take long. If your grandparents required surgery for varicose veins, it’s likely they underwent a standard operation needing a fair amount of downtime. That’s not the case with these three therapies:


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