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Vein Disease - Causes & Prevention
Varicose veins and other vein problems are very common and can affect anyone. Although there is not one specific cause of varicose veins, there are various risk factors that increase your likelihood of developing these vascular conditions.
Learn more about vein disease:
Causes
Heredity
People with a family history of varicose and spider veins are significantly more prone to these conditions. About half of all people who have varicose veins have a family member who has them too.
Gender
Women are at greater risk of developing varicose veins due to the hormonal changes that occur during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. Birth control and other medications containing estrogen and progesterone also increase risk of developing varicose veins.
Pregnancy
During pregnancy, there is an increase in the amount of blood in the body, causing veins to enlarge. The hormones released in a woman's body during pregnancy can weaken vein walls, which can lead to valve dysfunction and blood pooling.
Age
Varicose veins are common in patients between the ages of 18 and 35. As you get older, the valves in your veins might weaken, therefore increasing risk of developing varicose veins.
Sitting or standing for long periods of time
People who sit or stand for a prolonged period of time due to their daily activities are more susceptible to varicose veins. Lack of movement forces your veins to work harder to pump blood back to the heart.
Obesity
Being overweight puts extra pressure on your veins, increasing your risk of developing varicose veins.
Trauma:
Any trauma to the leg, due to a recent surgery or an injury, could cause your valves to malfunction.
There are other factors of a person's lifestyle that may contribute to the development of varicose and spider veins. These include: Clothes that bind or otherwise impede proper circulation, Chronic constipation, High-heeled shoes, and Heat.
Prevention
  • Keep your legs elevated as much as possible, with your feet above your heart level to help the blood flow back to the heart.
  • Daily exercises such as walking, stair climbing, bicycling and swimming are all excellent exercises that also keep the blood in your calf muscle going. This can reduce pooling of your blood in the calf, and takes some pressure off the veins. At least 30 minutes of exercise per day is recommended.
  • Keep your legs in motion as much as possible and avoid periods of prolonged standing or sitting. When traveling, flex your ankles or take short walks to improve blood circulation.
  • Compression stockings can be used to aid blood flow by exerting counter pressure on the veins in your legs, ensuring the blood is flowing back to the heart properly. They are also useful in preventing deep blood clots from forming. Compression stockings are the most common conservative treatment. We recommend wearing them during long car rides or plane rides.
  • Find out what your ideal body weight is for your height and body type, and maintain that weight to reduce the extra stress on your legs.
  • Try to avoid situations where excessive heat is being applied to your legs, such as saunas, baths, and hot tubs. The heat may lead to increased vein distention, allowing for the blood to pool in your veins more easily.
  • Follow a low-salt, high-fiber diet to prevent any additional pressure on your veins that may result from water retention and constipation.
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