Assessing Your Varicose Vein Risk

Varicose veins are a relatively common problem for both men and women. Those bulging, twisting ropes that protrude above the surface of the leg can be more than an eyesore; they can also cause uncomfortable symptoms like heaviness, cramping and skin irritation. If you have not yet developed this condition, check out this list of risk factors to determine your likelihood of experiencing varicose veins in the future.

Risk Factors

There are a number of factors that could increase your likelihood of developing varicose veins:

Family History

If your mother or father had varicose veins, there is much greater likelihood you will as well. In fact, as many as half of all varicose vein sufferers have at least one family member that suffers with the same condition.


Varicose veins tend to become more common in the later years of life. The wear and tear on the veins over time contributes to the onset of varicose veins, which is why it is much more common in those over the age of 60.


Women are more likely to get varicose veins than men, primarily because the hormonal changes women experience during pregnancy and menopause alter blood flow in the body and put extra pressure on the veins. However, men can develop this condition and should seek treatment as well if they want to minimize symptoms and complications.


If you work in a job that requires long periods of standing or sitting, you are more likely to develop varicose veins. These positions do not promote healthy blood flow from the legs back up to heart, which can allow valves inside the lower leg veins to wear out faster.


Additional weight puts additional pressure on lower leg veins, which can increase your risk for developing varicose veins. Obesity is a major risk factor for the condition and can also interfere with the effectiveness of varicose vein treatment.

Sedentary Lifestyle

Regular exercise works the calf muscles to help push blood back up the legs to the heart. When you don’t exercise regularly, your veins have to work that much harder, which makes them more likely to wear out over time.
If you have one or more of the above risk factors for varicose veins, there are some steps you can take to lower your risk. Some of those include elevating your legs at night, exercising daily and wearing compression stockings that encourage healthy blood flow. If you do develop varicose veins, there are plenty of minimally-invasive treatment options for eliminating those veins today. To learn more, contact PCI Vein Center to schedule your private consultation with Dr. Lawrence today.

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