Varicose Veins: Can They Be Hereditary?


Varicose Veins: Can They Be Hereditary?
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North Atlanta Vascular Clinic and Vein Center

3/7/2022


Varicose veins are a common condition where the veins become enlarged and twisted. Though this condition can occur in any part of the body, in most cases, it is usually observed in the veins of the legs. It is mainly caused by sitting and/or standing for prolonged periods, which results in increased pressure on the veins of the legs. This article will help you learn more about varicose veins and their treatment options.

How common are varicose veins, and how do they affect your health?

According to American Vein and Lymphatic Society, more than 40 million people in the USA suffer from varicose veins. And, the problem is more prevalent in women than men. Varicose veins can be easily identified by their symptoms. These include bulging veins with mild or severe discoloration, muscle cramping, and a burning or throbbing sensation when standing or walking for long periods. Usually, it is a common, mild condition and mostly a cosmetic concern.

However, for other people, it might cause irritation and unbearable pain. If you’re experiencing adverse symptoms, the condition might worsen if left unchecked for long. Some people with varicose veins may be at risk for blood clots, minor bleeding near the skin, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolism, etc.

Are varicose veins genetic?

Causes of varicose veins can be attributed to many factors, including using birth control pills, obesity, hormonal influences during pregnancy, history of blood clots, etc. However, are varicose veins hereditary?

Yes, there is a chance of the condition being passed down generations. If a patient’s parents have been diagnosed with varicose veins, the odds of it being passed down rise by 62% for females and 25% for males. If both parents have the condition, the chances of developing varicose veins can increase as high as 90%.

Therefore, genetics play a very important role in obtaining the condition. However, the condition can be prevented from worsening by taking adequate precautionary steps. A family history of varicose veins does not necessarily mean that you will end up having the condition.

Can you get rid of varicose veins?

If you notice certain symptoms of varicose veins, you can easily stop the condition from worsening by practicing the following preventive measures:

  • Adopting a healthy lifestyle, including frequent walking, exercising regularly, and sticking to a balanced diet, can avert varicose veins. Exercising improves physical wellness and enhances blood circulation in the body. It can effectively lower the chances of getting varicose veins.
  • Maintaining a healthy weight can help prevent getting varicose veins or to prevent it from progressing since obesity can create unnecessary stress on the veins in your legs.
  • Minimize the pressure on your legs by avoiding standing or sitting for long periods. If you are always sitting in an office chair, we recommend standing up and walking around for a few minutes to improve circulation.
  • Smoking and alcohol consumption can contribute to worsening varicose veins. Eliminating these from your life majorly decreases the risk of getting the condition.

A very popular treatment for varicose veins is sclerotherapy. This can remove the pain and discomfort and eliminate any complications relating to the condition, including vein bleeding and ulcers. It also helps with the swelling and discoloration associated with the varicose vein.

Prevent and treat varicose veins

Whether caused by genetics or not, varicose veins can be prevented by taking some precautions and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. As a common condition characterized by aches from standing or sitting for long periods, varicose veins can be easily treated.

If you are facing any discomfort caused by varicose veins, you can schedule an appointment with us at North Atlanta Vascular and Vein Center to get treated for varicose veins before the situation worsens. We provide several treatment options for varicose, including medication, sclerotherapy, and radiofrequency ablation. You can also contact us for more information.


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North Atlanta Vascular Clinic and Vein Center

North Atlanta Vascular Clinic is a vascular surgery center located in Suwanee, Cumming, Alpharetta, and Lawrenceville, Georgia. Our vein disease specialists offer a comprehensive examination that includes a physical examination, review of your symptoms, and discussion of your medical history. We use advanced venography techniques and provide effective treatment for several health conditions like DVT, Spider Veins, Leg Cramps, MTS, and more. Contact us to get accurate diagnosis and treatment for all your vascular diseases.

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