Who Has the Highest Varicose Vein Risk?
Varicose veins will afflict approximately 20% of all adults by age 60. Varicose vein risk factors include the following:
- Women are more likely to suffer from varicose veins than men, though men make up about 20% of our patients
- Varicose veins may develop during pregnancy or as the result of hormonal changes during menopause
- Family history can put you at higher varicose vein risk
- Those suffering from obesity are more likely to have varicose veins
Occupational and lifestyle factors requiring long periods of standing can also lead to varicose veins, as can other vein diseases such as blood clots.
What’s the Risk of Not Treating Varicose Veins?
Left untreated, varicose veins will increase in size and number. Symptoms may worsen and can lead to leg swelling, chronic skin changes such as dermatitis and discoloration – and in severe cases, non-healing ulcerations. These problems make it difficult to sit or stand for long periods of time, which in turn may affect a person’s activity level and quality of life.