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Six Causes of Varicose Veins

by April Maguire

Let's face it, varicose veins are annoying. They seemingly form out of nowhere, and they can cause pain, swelling, numbness and make it highly embarrassing to show off your legs in public. Even more annoying is the fact that doctors predict the number of varicose veins sufferers to rise in the years to come. If you want to avoid becoming a statistic, then you need to know what the risk factors are for developing varicose veins.


Sadly, one of the greatest predictors of varicose veins is your family history. According to doctors, venous issues tend to run in families. So if your parents or grandparents suffered from the condition, then that increases your odds as well.


Women often have to deal with problems that men don't, and unfortunately venous insufficiency is one of them. In women, varicose veins can develop due to hormonal changes, such as during menopause, pregnancy, or as the side effect of a new birth control medication.


By now, you know that you shouldn't smoke, but here's one more reason. Smoking tobacco can cause your veins to harden or narrow. Once that happens, it makes it easier for the blood to begin flowing backwards in your legs, causing varicose veins.

Sedentary Lifestyle

If you spend most of your day sitting down, then varicose veins could be in your future. In general, one of the best ways to guard against vein disease is to have an active and healthy circulatory system. So if you spend all day glued to a chair, make sure you get plenty of exercise in your free time.


Varicose veins occur when tiny valves inside of the veins become damaged, allowing blood to flow backwards. Simply put, the more weight that your legs are carrying around, the higher the likelihood that these valves are going to break. Also excess weight makes it harder for your veins to properly circulate blood, which can also put undue pressure on these valves, causing them to fail.


As you get older, your body starts to break down, and unfortunately that applies to the valves inside of your veins as well. Once these valves start to fail and venous insufficiency sets in, you're likely to develop varicose and spider veins. And tragically, there's nothing any of us can do about getting older.

Varicose veins can form for a number of reasons. If you're looking to avoid them, then the best thing you can do is live an active, healthy lifestyle and keep your circulatory system functioning optimally. And if you already have varicose veins, there is still hope. Nowadays, there are a number of procedures, including endovenous ablation and sclerotherapy, that can get rid of varicose veins safely and easily.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about vein treatment, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!

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