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Genetic Factors Contribute to Varicose Vein Problems

Varicose Vein Problems Often Run in Families

Varicose veins are a common problem in adults and may begin fairly early in life. These raised cords in the thighs and calves that often have a bluish or purple color can cause embarrassment and may sometimes cause aching or pressure in the legs. The discomfort can become worse with prolonged sitting or standing. Skin ulcers or bleeding can sometimes occur. The condition can lead to more serious health problems. Research indicates that the tendency to develop varicose veins runs in families, and if your mother or father had this problem, there’s a strong likelihood you will develop it, as well. But other factors also contribute to vein problems.

Causes of Varicose Veins

Varicose vein problems are more common in women, but also occur in men. Vein issues generally occur because of increased pressure in the lower body, which is often caused by pregnancy but can also be a result of obesity. In some families, the valves that control blood flow back to the heart have a tendency to become weakened or faulty, which leads to varicose veins. If your work keeps you on your feet or sitting in the same position for long periods of time, it can also contribute to the development of varicose veins.

Preventing Varicose Vein Problems

Although you cannot overcome genetics, you can take care of your veins to minimize vein problems. Maintain a healthy weight and exercise regularly to promote good circulation throughout your body. Eat foods that are high in fiber and low in salt. Avoid tight hosiery and high-heeled shoes. Change your sitting or standing position frequently during the day to allow good blood flow. Many people find that support hose help prevents leg fatigue and pressure on veins. Take every opportunity to elevate your legs when you are at home relaxing. These tips will reduce pressure on the lower legs and will promote good vein health.

Contact the Kimmel Institute For Help With Varicose Vein Treatment

Dr. Richard Kimmel brings his intensive knowledge of vein conditions and years of experience to his practice to help patients return to vein health. Whether for varicose veins, spider veins or other issues, he and his team can provide the individualized care you need. Call the Kimmel Institute today at 561-948-5560 for an appointment to discuss the vein treatment options that can help your legs feel healthy and energetic again.