Vein disease may be caused by genetics, lifestyle or a combination of the two. Learn more about the common risk factors.
What Causes Vein Disease?
Vein disease may be caused by genetics (family history), lifestyle or a combination of the two. Some of the risk factors that increase the likelihood you might be diagnosed with vein disease include:
Genetics: If your parents had varicose veins, you are more likely to develop them as well. Age – Vein disease prevalence increases with age. Vein disease is more common in adults between the ages of 30 and 70 years.
Gender: More than 75% of patients with varicose veins are women, due to the hormone changes they experience during pregnancy and other times of their life.
Pregnancy: The more pregnancies you have, the higher your risk for developing vein disease.
Obesity: Additional body weight puts strain on the lower extremities, which makes it more difficult for blood to return to the heart.
Prolonged Standing or Sitting: These positions can put strain on the lower extremities and inhibit healthy blood flow when they are maintained for long periods of time.
Lack of Exercise: Muscle contraction, which is particularly strong during physical activity, plays a key role in healthy blood flow from the legs back to the heart.
Other possible causes of vein disease: History of blood clot formation in the legs. Trauma or illness that affects blood flow and increases pressure in the veins. Previous surgeries that could increase risk of blood clot formation. Certain medications that affect healthy blood flow.
If you have one or more risk factors listed and develop symptoms of vein disease, you should have your condition evaluated by a vein specialist. We handle all consultations and examinations to ensure an accurate and thorough assessment of your vein condition.