One of the most common questions our specialists at Advanced Vein and Laser Centre hear is: are varicose veins hereditary? The answer is yes, you can probably blame your family genetics, at least in part, for the development of those bluish veins in your legs. Genetics is the most common factor in developing varicose veins and the cause of more than 50 percent of all cases of varicose veins. Unfortunately, there is not much a person can do to avoid genetic predisposition to varicose veins. If there is a family history of them, then the risk is greatly increased. Other risk factors that increase the likelihood of varicose vein development are standing professions, age, multiple pregnancies, and hormone therapy.
While you may have little control over some risk factors such as genetics, there are other lifestyle modifications you can make to reduce your risk of developing unsightly varicose or spider veins in Round Lake. These include:
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Regular exercise for the legs – walking, running, biking and swimming
- Wearing well structured shoes to support feet and legs
- Wearing compression stockings
- Incorporating walking or stretch breaks in between long periods of sitting or standing
So you may not be able to blame your parents for this one entirely, since some of the increased risks for varicose veins may be from lifestyle issues. Whatever the cause of your venous insufficiencies, at Advanced Vein and Laser Centre our minimally invasive spider vein and varicose vein treatments can quickly and safely rid our patients of leg pain in Round Lake. Please call Advanced Vein & Laser Centre today at 847.367.4040 or
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