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Varicose vein contributing factors

Varicose vein contributing factorsExactly what causes varicose veins has yet to be identified, however it is well understood in this field that there are a number of factors that increase the risk of developing this condition.
  • Heredity explains varicose vein occurrence in more than two thirds of cases. Your family may have a genetic predisposition to weakened vein walls, which can cause varicose veins. If you know someone closely related to you has varicose veins, then you may be more likely to get varicose veins yourself.
  • As we age we are more vulnerable to developing varicose veins.
  • Obesity results in extra pressure on the valves inside the veins and ultimately can cause their failure, thereby causing varicose veins.
  • The fluctuation in levels of hormones during puberty, pregnancy, hormone replacement therapy (HRT), menopause and the use of the birth control pill is recognized as a potential cause of varicose veins.
  • Gender is also a factor, as women tend to get varicose veins marginally more frequently than men.
  • There are risks inherent in certain types of occupations. Jobs that demand extended periods of sitting or standing increase the blood pressure in the veins, weakening the valve function.
  • Pregnant women are particularly vulnerable to varicose veins because of the increased volume of blood in the veins, higher levels of the hormone progesterone and greater pressure on the veins in the pelvic area. However, varicose veins that appear at this time often resolve within a few months after the birth of the baby.
Sometimes varicose veins can be indicative of other, more serious, conditions:
  • Deep vein injury, blockages such as a blood clot, or arteriovenus fistula, which is an abnormal connection between a vein and artery.