July 2011 Newsletter
Varicose Veins Can Affect Us All
We know that varicose veins don’t discriminate. They can happen to anyone regardless of gender, size, age or any other variables. Varicose veins are said to affect 40% of all women and 25% of all men in the United States today. Once a person reaches the age of 50, their chances of developing varicose veins rise to a solid 50%. Painful and unsightly, varicose veins can be an indicator of more serious health issues.The good news though, varicose veins can be treated. Take the time to visit your local vein specialist and learn how to eliminate your varicose veins today!
What Increases My Risk for Varicose Veins?
There are several factors that increase a person’s chance for developing varicose veins. Here are some of the most common:
- Age – As you get older, your veins may weaken and not be able to properly support the flow of blood from the leg back to the heart
- Lack of exercise or movement – Extended periods of sitting and standing puts more pressure on leg veins.
- Weight – Excess weight causes more pressure in the legs, forcing your veins to work harder.
- Pregnancy – Excess blood in the body and additional weight during pregnancy tend to exasperate varicose veins. Discomfort usually lessens post birth, but multiple pregnancies tend to increase the severity.
- Genetics – Your family medical history is the strongest indicator. Chances of developing varicose veins increases greatly when vein disease is present in your family chart.