Is it possible to inherit varicose veins?

Varicose vein causes. There are many causes of varicose veins including genetics, pregnancies, aging, trauma and poor leg muscle tone. Of all the causes, hereditary factors are the most significant and, in my experience, vein issues are passed on from both mother and father and the veins in the offspring are usually worse when the dad had bad veins.
Yes. Causes of varicose veins 1. Heredity 2. Pregnancy 3. Life style (standing in one place as in hairdressers and meat cutters. Sitting as in bus and truck drivers.
Veins & Heredity. Yes, it is possible and is probably. Most cases of varicose veins are hereditary, resulting from a gene that leads to faulty vein valves within certain veins of the legs. This was shown to be the case in prior studies of familial varicose veins, with the pattern being either an autosomal dominant pattern with incomplete penetrance or an autosomal recessive pattern. 1/3 of cases are sporadic.
No. Varicose veins are enlargement in the veins of the leg usually from pressure on the venous system thru prolonged standing. The veins normally have valves to guarantee that return blood to the heart doesn't pool in the legs. As the valves weaken the downward pressure from standing causes the veins to swell. This is then managed conservatively with elastic stockings.

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How can I avoid varicose veins?

Difficult to prevent. Preventive measures include staying fit, good aerobic activity and wearing stockings. It may also be wise to avoid hot baths. The main predisposing factor is genetic predisposition. Other common causes include pregnancies, injuries, prolonged standing, blood clots, and aging. Read more...
Lifestyle can help. Anything that reduces stress on the vein valves will keep them from wearing out. Exercise is great - walk all the time and take the stairs. Avoid sitting with feet down for long periods of time or standing. If you have a job that requires sitting or standing (like me), invest in 20-30 mm medical grade compression stockings and wear them! you can't change genetics, but you can choose your lifestyle. Read more...
Usually genetic. Since varicose veins are usually a genetically inherited disease of vein valves, they usually cannot be prevented. If you inherit the condition, you may be able to slow the progression of the disease by wearing compression stockings on a daily basis. Factors that tend to worsen varicose vein disease include being overweight, pregnancy, trauma or inflammation of legs, & blood clots. Stay active. Read more...

Are all varicose veins unhealthy?

Not really. A varicose vein is one which has dilated due to increased "back pressure" in the vein. Several reasons, but commonly the one way valves have become incompetent , so gravity pulls the blood back down causing pressure. To many, these may be unsightly, but don't cause symptoms such as burning, itching, and a heavy, achy feeling. If yours do bother you, talk to your doc. Read more...
Yes. In general, the answer is yes. A varicose vein is a defective faulty vein that no longer carries blood in the proper direction, allowing blood to "pool" in the leg & ultimately leading to pressure buildup or venous hypertension in the leg. The more veins that are faulty the worse the condition. Varicose veins almost always worsen with time & lead to worsening of the leg circulation. Read more...
Veins not normal. Varicose veins are not normal and are due to malfunctioning valves of usually the saphenous system. Although varicose veins may not cause symptoms, they tend to get progressively worse and over time can cause a multitude of symptoms. Unhealthy is not a good term for varicose veins since they may not affect one's health but they are certainly abnormal. Read more...
Yes. Varicose veins are caused by valve problems that allow blood from deep high-pressure veins to enter low-pressure veins just under the skin. These veins enlarge, (varicose), leak fluid through the walls (swelling), letting blood through (discoloration) and finally nutritious arterial blood cannot enter an area of the skin resulting in ulcers. It is treated by laser ablation. Read more...
All are abnormal. Varicose veins come from a problem with vein valves that causes blood to stagnate. They can cause pain, heaviness after prolonged standing, and occasionally blood clots or bleeding. They can be managed in many ways, from support hose to surgical intervention. They should not be ignored. SPider veins are abnormal but unless associated with varicose veins are usually only a cosmetic concern. Read more...
Vein wall weakness. Varicose veins often result from vein wall weakness, allowing veins to become tortuous and distended. Often they can be asymptomatic for years, but at times can cause skin changes resulting from poor blood flow and inflammation. In a number of cases this could lead to ulcerations; however there's no way of predicting who will develop advanced disease from varicose veins. Read more...
Varicose vein. the answer is dependent upon symptoms, and physical exam findings. Symptoms could be swelling, discomfort, heaviness, tiredness, throbbing, and perhaps itching sensation. Skin related issues can lead to hyperpigmentation. Read more...