11 doctors weighed in:

Varicose veins: how to prevent them?

11 doctors weighed in
5 doctors agree

In brief: Probably can't

Whether or not you develop varicose veins is largely genetically determined.
However, they can be minimized with regular exercise and consistent use of support/compression hose.

In brief: Probably can't

Whether or not you develop varicose veins is largely genetically determined.
However, they can be minimized with regular exercise and consistent use of support/compression hose.
Dr. Robert WorthingtonKirsch
Dr. Robert WorthingtonKirsch
Thank
3 comments
Dr. Bradley Thomas
Compression, Compression, Compression. Knee high with at least 20-30 mm hg strength.
Dr. Lornell Hansen
Maintaining an ideal body weight may also be beneficial but overall genetics is the number 1 cause as Dr. WorthingtonKirsch states.
Dr. Joel Gotvald
Surgery - Vascular
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No good prevention

Usually varicose vein disease is genetically acquired.
Weak vein valves progressively break as a result of venous insufficiency. Other factors such as female gender, hormones, being overweight, pregnancies, trauma, or clots can precipitate or worsen the disease. Although compression stockings can often slow the progression & worsening of the disease & help symptoms, they don't prevent them.

In brief: No good prevention

Usually varicose vein disease is genetically acquired.
Weak vein valves progressively break as a result of venous insufficiency. Other factors such as female gender, hormones, being overweight, pregnancies, trauma, or clots can precipitate or worsen the disease. Although compression stockings can often slow the progression & worsening of the disease & help symptoms, they don't prevent them.
Dr. Joel Gotvald
Dr. Joel Gotvald
Thank
Dr. Steven Zimmet
Aesthetic Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Choose parents well

The main predisposing factor is genetics.
Other causes include pregnancy, injury, prolonged standing & aging. So, you can see it's difficult to prevent varicose veins. There are some measures that can be helpful. These include maintaining a good weight, aerobic activities like walking or biking, wearing graduated compression stockings and avoiding hot tubs/hot baths which can dilate veins.

In brief: Choose parents well

The main predisposing factor is genetics.
Other causes include pregnancy, injury, prolonged standing & aging. So, you can see it's difficult to prevent varicose veins. There are some measures that can be helpful. These include maintaining a good weight, aerobic activities like walking or biking, wearing graduated compression stockings and avoiding hot tubs/hot baths which can dilate veins.
Dr. Steven Zimmet
Dr. Steven Zimmet
Thank
Dr. Tracy Berg
Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Compression devices

Compression devices directly address the damaged valves inside your veins.
Which leads to venous hypertension. The compression squeeze decreases edema and tissue swelling, helps improve venous return. They are not a cure. But compression is first line therapy. Knee high devices generally are best tolerated.

In brief: Compression devices

Compression devices directly address the damaged valves inside your veins.
Which leads to venous hypertension. The compression squeeze decreases edema and tissue swelling, helps improve venous return. They are not a cure. But compression is first line therapy. Knee high devices generally are best tolerated.
Dr. Tracy Berg
Dr. Tracy Berg
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Tonga Nfor
Board Certified, Internal Medicine - Cardiology
12 years in practice
508K people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors