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The Role Heredity Plays in Varicose Veins

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952013When it comes to matters of health, family history can often predict future medical issues. Varicose veins are no exception. So, if your mother has dark, purple, bulging veins, chances are that you may develop them, too. Heredity is the primary risk factor for developing vein disease and varicosities, and is thought to be responsible for perhaps as much as 80% of varicose veins. In fact, the chances of developing vein disease doubles if both parents have the condition.

Risk factors for developing vein disease include:

  • Family history
  • Increasing age
  • Hormones
  • Gender
  • Pregnancy
  • Prolonged standing or sitting

While you can’t control your genetic makeup, you can pay close attention to your symptoms and personal risk factors in order to manage the progression of varicose veins.

Varicose veins are usually thought of as a cosmetic issue, but they actually result from a chronic, progressive disease process and can lead to serious health conditions, including venous leg ulcers, bleeding, infections, skin changes and even blood clots, if not treated early and properly. 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 I recommend for high-risk patients to be on the lookout for any of the following leg issues:

  • Leg pain or achiness
  • Heaviness, fatigue and swelling by the end of the day
  • Cramping, night cramps or leg restlessness
  • Bulging, dilated varicose veins on the calves or thighs
  • Clusters of small, red, blue or purplish spider veins
  • Brownish skin discoloration of the distal calves and/or ankles

If you notice any of these symptoms and are high-risk for vein disease due to your hereditary background, call my vein center, Vein Centers for Excellence of Kansas City, to schedule a free vein screening.

Dr. Craig Schwartz

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