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What causes most people's varicose veins?

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Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery - Vascular
2 doctors agree

In brief: Newton's thick skin

An apple hit newton on the head.
If newton had sat under apple trees too often, he would need thick skin! and he had better have strong veins too! lucky people inherit genes for strong veins, but 15% of people don't. Gravity pressurizes vein walls and the weaker veins can't take the stress- they give out and dilate! one can't change genetics, but fight back with lifestyle and compression socks!

In brief: Newton's thick skin

An apple hit newton on the head.
If newton had sat under apple trees too often, he would need thick skin! and he had better have strong veins too! lucky people inherit genes for strong veins, but 15% of people don't. Gravity pressurizes vein walls and the weaker veins can't take the stress- they give out and dilate! one can't change genetics, but fight back with lifestyle and compression socks!
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
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Dr. John Landi
Phlebology

In brief: Leaking valves

Varicose veins are a very common problem and they are due to leaking valves (called reflux) usually in the saphenous veins.
Think of your veins like a tree with the trunk being the saphenous vein and the branches being the varicose veins. A venous reflux ultrasound will make the diagnosis. Common causes of this are hereditary, aging and pregnancies in women. They are treatable with a laser.

In brief: Leaking valves

Varicose veins are a very common problem and they are due to leaking valves (called reflux) usually in the saphenous veins.
Think of your veins like a tree with the trunk being the saphenous vein and the branches being the varicose veins. A venous reflux ultrasound will make the diagnosis. Common causes of this are hereditary, aging and pregnancies in women. They are treatable with a laser.
Dr. John Landi
Dr. John Landi
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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology

In brief: Heredity

80% of the cause of varicose veins is genetic.
That means that there really is anything terrible meaningful that you can do to change whether you will get them or not, unless you could exchange your grandparents for a new net. Everything else (standing for long periods of time, pregnancy, wearing compression stockings, etc.) can affect the severity of your varicose veins but the cause is genetic.

In brief: Heredity

80% of the cause of varicose veins is genetic.
That means that there really is anything terrible meaningful that you can do to change whether you will get them or not, unless you could exchange your grandparents for a new net. Everything else (standing for long periods of time, pregnancy, wearing compression stockings, etc.) can affect the severity of your varicose veins but the cause is genetic.
Dr. Ted King
Dr. Ted King
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Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional

In brief: See

Womenshealth.Gov regarding varicose vein info.

In brief: See

Womenshealth.Gov regarding varicose vein info.
Dr. Michael Korona
Dr. Michael Korona
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