Causes Risk Factors | Vein Disease | Southampton, NY │ Rutherford, NJ

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PHONE: 201-933-0333

FAX: 201-933-0334

Causes and Risk Factors

The actual cause of varicose veins is faulty valves. Factors that increase the risk of developing varicose veins and spider veins are the following:

 

GENDER: Varicose veins are three times more common among women than men.

 

HEREDITY: Many people have a strong genetic predisposition to developing varicose veins. Having family members with vein problems increases your risk.

 

AGE: During a lifetime, the frequency of varicose veins increase with age. At 70 years old about 70% of men and women have varicose veins or spider veins.

 

HORMONAL CHANGES: These occur during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. During pregnancy, there is a huge increase in the amount of blood in the body. The growing uterus also puts pressure on the veins. This can cause veins to enlarge. More varicose veins and spider veins usually appear with each additional pregnancy.

 

OBESITY: Being overweight or obese can put extra pressure on your veins. This can lead to varicose veins.

 

OCCUPATION: Sitting or standing for a long time may force your veins to work harder to pump blood to your heart.

 

SUN EXPOSURE: This can cause spider veins on the cheeks or nose of a fair skinned person.

Feel free to contact Hamptons Vein & Vascular with any questions about vein risk factors.