Some of us are born to suffer from varicose veins.
In fact, if both your parents have varicose veins, you are all but guaranteed to have them, too. But heredity is not the only reason you might develop varicose veins. The requirements of your job, your age, how much you weigh and pregnancy all increase the chance you will one day need treatment for vein disease.
A list of risk factors for varicose veins
When you are pregnant, the amount of blood circulating in your body increases, which increases pressure inside your veins. Hormones also cause the vein walls to relax. The combination sometimes leads to veins in your legs to become swollen. What you can do: Don’t gain more weight than you need to for the baby and, within a reasonable amount of time, work to lose the baby weight. Varicose vein symptoms often diminish after your pregnancy, but they are likely to return if you become pregnant again.
If your job requires you to sit or stand for long periods of time without a break, blood tends to pool in your legs, again contributing to conditions that could lead to varicose veins. What you can do: If you sit for long periods, take a break every hour to walk around. If you have to stand, sit when you take your breaks to give your legs a rest.
Carrying extra weight is tough on your legs, and you might see signs of vein disease – bulging, purple veins and some discomfort, for instance – if you have been obese for several years. What you can do: Consider a diet that leads to slow, steady weight loss until you reach your optimum weight.
A long life is a blessing, but certain things happen as we age. Often, our legs show signs of use when we get older and varicose veins are one of the most common. What you can do: Exercising and maintaining a healthy diet will keep vein disease at bay for awhile, but eventually we all have to admit we aren’t as young as we used to be.
Even when you do everything right you might still discover you suffer from vein disease. Don’t despair! Plenty of your friends and colleagues have varicose veins, too. Luckily, modern treatments are safe and effective.
Schedule an appointment with a doctor at Vein Institute of Connecticut to find out more.