The short answer to this question is “No.” However, there are a number of risk factors that can make people more likely to develop vein disease that leads to varicose veins. Some factors remain within your control while others do not. However, as our Atlanta vein specialists tell our patients, by knowing what those factors are, even if you can do nothing to change them, you can take other steps to minimize the effects of your vein disease.

Here are some risk factors that we can do little to change:

Gender

More women of all ages develop vein disease than men. That’s because female hormones weaken the walls of the veins. If you are taking medications that add female hormones to your body, such as birth control pills or hormone replacement medication, your odds of developing vein disease can be greater.Of course, many pregnant women develop varicose veins. That’s because as the baby grows, the uterus places pressure on the large vein, called the inferior vena cava, that sends blood back from the heart to the lower extremities.

Ageheredity and vein disease

Both women and men are more likely to develop varicose veins and other vein issues as they get into their 50s and beyond. That’s because valves in veins, just like about everything else in our bodies, wear down as we age. These valves regulate the flow of blood through our veins as it travels from our feet and legs up to our heart. If the valves weaken and tear, some of the blood collects in the veins. This can result in varicose veins, swelling in the ankles and legs, and other circulatory issues.

Heredity

Back in the day, doctors knew far less about vein disease than we do now. Your parents and grandparents may have had vein disease without realizing it. Varicose veins were just seen as one more condition afflicting people as they got older. However, if you have a history of varicose veins in your family, you may be genetically predisposed to having vein disease.

Risk Factors Within Our Control

There are plenty of risk factors for vein disease that are within our control, regardless of our gender, age, and genetic make-up. These include the following:

  • Obesity
  • Lack of exercise
  • Smoking
  • Sitting or standing for long periods

By working to avoid these risk factors, you can decrease your odds of getting varicose veins or developing other vein problems. You’ll also be improving your overall health!

Fortunately, there are more effective and less invasive varicose vein treatments available than ever before. It doesn’t have to be a foregone conclusion that you will suffer from varicose veins and other vein diseases as you get older or because you’re genetically predisposed to them. The Atlanta vein specialists at VeinInnovations can diagnose your particular condition and recommend the best treatment(s) for treating and/or removing damaged veins. Call us today or complete our online contact form to schedule an appointment at one of our Atlanta-area vein clinics.