Varicose veins affect more than 40 million people in the United States. Genetics, age and lifestyle choices (such as being overweight and sitting for long periods of time) can increase the chances of developing varicose veins. Gender is a factor, too. In a group of 100 people with varicose veins it is likely that 75% of them are men and 25% are women.
So why do women disproportionately develop more varicose veins than men? The answer is that women usually have multiple risk factors for developing them. Varicose veins are the result of damaged valves in veins that carry blood to the heart. Hormones in the bloodstream relax the vein walls, making them susceptible to damage. Women have higher levels of progesterone, one such hormone that works in this fashion. Oral contraceptives, pregnancy and hormone replacement therapy are other opportunities for hormones to have an effect on a vein’s health.
Other factors such as being obese, standing on your feet for too long or remaining sedentary for a long period of time, can also increase your chances of developing varicose veins. While the condition can’t be cured it can be successfully treated through a variety of options. These minimally invasive procedures can be done in-office and allow patients to resume normal activities that same day.
Please read about treatment options on our website and schedule a consultation with Dr. Baker today.