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Are Varicose Veins Hereditary?

You might be under the impression that being in great physical shape will keep you from varicose veins, but sadly this is not the case. While regular exercise might ease the symptoms of varicose veins, good health cannot prevent the onset of vein disease.

Just ask Summer Sanders, the former gold-medal winning Olympic swimmer turned sports commentator and TV show host. Her swimming career waned, but Sanders continued to stay active — especially as a young mother. “Like many moms, my lifestyle requires me to be on my feet constantly. I noticed my legs were heavy and achy after a long day, but I assumed these symptoms were just something I had to deal with,” says Sanders.

She realized she was developing varicose veins — just like her mother. Her mom was a flight attendant who was on her feet for extensive periods of time and suffered from leg pain most of her life. It’s true: heredity is one of the major risk factors of varicose veins. It’s not the only one, though. Other factors include standing or sitting for long periods of time, being pregnant, being overweight or aging.

On her website Rethink Varicose Veins, Sanders points out that varicose veins are not just a cosmetic issue, and that treatment does not have to be mean a scary surgical procedure with lots of downtime. She explains, “My doctor and I decided the best path for me was a minimally-invasive treatment. The procedure was quick and I was back to my regular activities within a short period of time. Now my legs feel great.”

Dr. Zimmet has over 20 years in the field of phlebology and treats patients with the most up-to-date technology in the field. Make an appointment today to have your veins evaluated and discover how vein treatments can bring new life to your legs.

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