Varicose Veins – A Family Thing
Varicose veins, those unappealing, often painful twisting lines that protrude above the surface of the skin, can be a family affair. While there are a number of risk factors that contribute to the formation of varicose veins, genetics may be the most common. This means that if one of your parents has varicose veins, you are much more likely to develop them as well.
In fact, heredity may play a role in as many as 80 percent of all diagnosed cases of varicose veins. If both of your parents have varicose veins, your chances of developing them as well double. This means that if you have a family history of vein problems, now is the time to begin watching for the signs and symptoms of your own vein condition.
Other Risk Factors
While heredity is the primary risk factor for varicose veins, other factors that could up your odds for this condition include:
— Gender (women are more likely to develop varicose veins)
— Advanced age (varicose veins are more commonly seen in adults over 50)
— Hormonal fluctuations (particularly during pregnancy or menopause)
— Prolonged periods of standing or sitting
By understanding the risk factors for varicose veins, you can take steps to prevent them. While prevention is not always possible, some people find that a few simple steps can ward off the veins for a period of time or lessen their severity. Prevention might include elevating the legs at the end of the day, maintaining a healthy weight and getting regular exercise. Compression stockings can also be prescribed for those who are worried about developing varicose veins due to any of the risk factors listed above.
Treating Varicose Veins
The good news is that if you do develop varicose veins, there are many treatment options available today. At Center for Vein Restoration, we offer minimally-invasive treatment options that can be performed on an outpatient basis with little or no discomfort or downtime. Our range of treatment options allow us to customize your varicose vein treatment to your specific concerns and desired outcome.
Surgery is no longer considered the treatment of choice for tortuous, painful varicose veins. Instead, our office uses the latest technology in lasers and radiofrequency energy to target diseased veins, eliminating them without damaging surrounding tissue or vessels. Patients are usually back to regular activities as soon as the procedure is over.
You may not be able to prevent varicose veins from forming, especially if you have a family history of the condition. However, we can help you say goodbye to those unsightly, uncomfortable veins for good. Contact Center for Vein Restoration to learn more about your varicose vein treatment options today.