Do varicose veins get worse with age?

As you get older, vein function becomes more of an issue. The valves in your veins may weaken, and blood flow can become irregular, causing some of the blood to flow back into the vein and expand it. The aging process puts you at greater risk for varicose and spider veins, and indeed the incidence of vein issues increases as we get older.

Are varicose veins genetic?

There is a higher risk of developing varicose and spider veins if several members of your family have had them in the past. Fortunately, this is not always the case, but if you do have inherited this from your parents, there are a variety of innovative, minimally invasive vein treatment options to help you get rid of them safely.

Are veins equally common in men and women?

Varicose veins are thought to appear more in women than in men. Hormonal influences can weaken the vein walls and the hormonal changes that can occur during menstruation, pregnancy and also menopause may put women at increased risk of varicose veins. During pregnancy, the baby also puts considerable pressure on the body which gets transmitted to the leg veins.

Can obesity cause varicose veins to appear?

Any added pressure on the veins can greatly increase the chance of developing varicose veins. In obesity, excess abdominal weight puts pressure on the leg veins and puts individuals at a greater risk of varicose veins as the pressurized vein walls weaken and some of the blood collects in the vein and enlarges it.

Can my job be causing varicose veins?

One of the risk factors for varicose veins is remaining in one position for an extended period of time. If you’re standing or even sitting down at an office for several hours every day, this affects blood flow and puts you at greater risk of developing varicose veins. However, simply getting up to walk around periodically can help and wearing compression support stockings help even more. If you already have vein issues, the right treatment program can help you get rid of your varicose and spider veins.

Have any further questions?  Feel free to contact the team at Northwest Vein & Aesthetic Center for more detailed information.