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What Causes Varicose Veins?

One of the most important causes of vein disease is your family history. Unfortunately, there’s not much we can do about this. Other causes of vein disease are age, sedentary lifestyle, obesity or excess weight, current or previous pregnancies, smoking and a lifestyle or occupation that requires long periods of standing.

Often when a patient asks us the question, “What causes varicose veins?”, it’s a female asking and we have to tell her that gender certainly plays a role in the development of vein disease. Although approximately 40% of the male population above 40 has varicose veins, women are more likely to suffer from abnormal veins than men. In fact, up to 50% of the female population has some form of vein disease.  Pregnancy, current or previous, certainly contributes to the development of vein disease in females. Varicose veins often develop in the first trimester and subside a few months after delivery. However, with subsequent pregnancies, the abnormal veins may become more pronounced.

The good news is that no matter what causes varicose veins, there are safe, effective, and minimally invasive options to treat varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency.

Covered by most insurance plans, these procedures allow for a short recovery and a quick return to everyday activities while also eliminating varicose veins and improving the appearance of your legs. Schedule an appointment to learn more about treating your varicose veins and vein disease.

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