Risk Factors for Vein Disorders
The Following Factors Can Put You at Greater Risk for Varicose or Spider Veins.
Varicose veins can be an inherited trait. If your parents or grandparents had vein problems, you’re at greater risk of developing them yourself.
The increase in blood volume during pregnancy of up to 50%, combined with an increase in hormone levels, puts greater pressure on your vein walls and can affect your circulation. If you start experiencing varicose veins after a pregnancy, you should consider having them treated before subsequent pregnancies to keep the problem from getting worse.
Women experience more vascular issues or venous disease than men because of pregnancy, hormonal conditions and other medical issues specific to females. Using hormone replacement therapy and birth control pills can also affect your circulation.
Being overweight can put extra stress on your circulation system and contribute to vein problems.
Lack of Exercise:
Exercise helps maintain a healthy circulation system. Additionally walking and/or running develop healthy calf muscles that, when functioning properly, create the pumping mechanism necessary to move blood upward towards your heart.
Standing for long periods can cause an increase in pressure on your vein walls and result in swelling and increased blood volume in the lower limbs. If you are in an occupation that requires standing, it helps to periodically sit for a few minutes, flex your leg muscles and even elevate your feet.
The most common occupations that contribute to varicose veins:
- Medical professions (nurses, doctors, etc.)
- The restaurant and retail profession (especially bartenders and cashiers)
- Hair styling