Far from being just a cosmetic nuisance, varicose veins can pose a formidable barrier to your quality of life. Leg aches, tenderness, skin discoloration and more can all accompany untreated varicose veins. Are you at risk of getting them?

The following factors increase a person’s chances of developing varicose veins:

Family History: Heredity plays a significant role in the onset of venous insufficiency. If Mom or Grandma had varicose veins, you will likely have them as well. Unfortunately, making healthy lifestyle changes will not negate this risk factor.

Pregnancy: Your body experiences a plethora of changes during pregnancy. As your baby grows, the uterus puts increased pressure on your veins. In addition, hormonal changes can cause the walls of your veins to relax. These changes can converge to cause veins to stop working properly. Blood that should be on its way back to your heart instead stagnates and pools, causing great discomfort.

Occupation: Do you stand or sit for long periods of time at your job? Doing so increases your chances of getting varicose veins. When there is a lack of movement, your veins have to work harder to get the blood back up to the heart. Instead it may flow backwards and pool, causing varicosities.

Obesity: Excess weight puts excess pressure on your body, including your veins. This increased pressure can damage veins.

Thankfully, even if you do see varicose veins forming, there are effective, minimally-invasive procedures phlebologists rely on to resolve these painful vein issues.

Please contact our office if you have any questions or are ready to pursue treatment. We look forward to hearing from you!