KC Veins – Developing Varicose Veins
Venous Disease, which can include varicose veins, spider veins, deep vein thrombosis, and chronic venous insufficiency, have many potential contributing causes, the most common of which is one thing we can’t do anything about – heredity. If either of your parents have/had varicose veins or vein disease, chances are that you will, too.
The natural aging process is also a top contributing factor in the development of vein disease. If you are over 50, your risk of developing vein disease is 10 times greater than if you were under 25.
Along with aging, being female also puts you at a higher risk for developing varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency (the cause of varicose veins). Over 50% of women over the age of 65 develop vein disease. Along with being female, pregnancy is a major contributor, as well. Your added weight, the enlarging fetus and the increase in blood volume during these months places extra pressure on the veins in your legs, as do postural and hormonal changes associated with gestation and giving birth.
Just as smoking is bad for your heart and lung health, it is also bad for your vein health, and can greatly increase your chances of developing varicose or spider veins.
Certain medications (such as birth control pills, hormonal replacement therapy and chemotherapy drugs) can cause blood clots and other forms of vein disease.
Lastly, inactivity is a contributing factor in the development of varicose veins. Not only do you need regular cardiovascular activity for the health of your heart, but it’s also an important factor in having properly functioning leg vein valves, which keep the blood flowing throughout the venous system. Occupations, activities or lifestyles requiring prolonged periods of sitting or standing can be detrimental to your venous health.
With so many contributing factors, it’s no wonder that vein disease is estimated to be present in over 80 million Americans (American College of Phlebology).