When it comes to matters of health, family history can often predict future issues. Varicose veins are no exception – so if your mother has dark, purple bulges, there is a strong likelihood that you may develop them, too.
Risk Factors for Varicose Veins:
- Family history
- Increasing age
- Prolonged standing or sitting
Heredity is one of the main risk factors for developing varicose veins, responsible for 80 percent of varicose vein disease. In fact, the risk of developing varicose veins doubles if both parents have the condition.
While you can’t control your genetic makeup, you can pay close attention to your symptoms and personal risk factors in order to minimize the effects of varicose veins.
“Varicose veins are usually thought of as a cosmetic issue, but they actually result from a chronic, progressive disease process and may cause serious health conditions, including venous leg ulcers, bleeding, and even blood clots, if not treated early and properly,” said Dr. Ted King, National Medical Director of Vein Clinics of America. “While there is no cure available, effective treatment can help control vein disorders and halt their progression.”
Varicose veins may not always be visible to the naked eye, so Dr. King also cautions patients to look out for these leg issues:
- Heaviness or fatigue
- Skin discoloration
- Restless Legs Syndrome (Irresistible urge to move your legs)
- Leg cramps
“If symptoms persist or become severe, you should talk to your physician about appropriate treatment options. The good news is, today there are far better, superior treatment options that are safe, effective and minimally invasive, that won’t keep you sidelined from your daily routine,” said Dr. King.
To schedule a consultation for you or a family member, call 800-660-VEIN(8346).