5 Occupations at Increased Risk for Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are a common byproduct of aging for both men and women. While there is no way to know for sure if you will develop these swollen vessels, there are some people that are at higher risk than others. If you work in any of the following occupations, you may be more likely to develop varicose veins and the uncomfortable symptoms that often accompany them.

The nursing profession requires long periods on your feet caring for your patients. As a result, the veins in lower legs may have to work harder and become more likely to wear out over time, increasing your likelihood of developing those protruding leg veins. A study published in the International Journal of Nursing Practice this year found the prevalence of varicose veins among nurses to be “remarkable.”

A 2014 study conducted by researchers in Taiwan found that hairdressers were indeed more likely to get varicose veins, particularly when there was also a family history of the condition. In addition to standing most of the day, hair stylists can work up to an hour or longer on a single client, which prevents them from giving their legs much of a break.

The food service industry employs thousands both in the kitchen and in the dining room serving customers. Because the majority of restaurant positions involve plenty of time on the feet, these occupations can also put you at a higher risk for varicose veins. While waiting tables allows you to move around, standing positions like cooking and cashiering can actually tax the veins even more.

Flight Attendant
Flight attendants are also at higher risk for varicose veins due to the nature of the job. In addition to spending nearly all of a flight on your feet, this position requires you to remain in cramped quarters that do not allow for much of an exercise break during your shift.

Cashiers in retail, food service or other professions typically spend most of their day standing behind a computer or cash register. Few employers offer frequent opportunities to sit or walk around during a shift. This can also increase the risk for varicose veins, particularly during the holiday season when busy stores mean longer shifts and fewer breaks.

If you work in a profession with a higher risk of varicose veins, there are a few things you can do to lower that risk. Taking regular breaks to elevate your legs, committing to daily exercise or wearing compression stockings can all help. If you do develop those bulging, twisting ropes on the legs, PCI Vein Center offers a number of minimally-invasive treatments that allow you to say goodbye to varicose veins for good. To learn more, contact PCI Vein Center at 319-774-8432.

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