36 doctors weighed in:
Is it normal to get varicose veins?
36 doctors weighed in

Dr. Ted King
Phlebology
17 doctors agree
In brief: No
No, varicose veins are never normal.
They are very common and become increasingly common with age but varicose veins are a manifestation of part of a body system that is failing, or has failed. So varicose veins are never normal.

In brief: No
No, varicose veins are never normal.
They are very common and become increasingly common with age but varicose veins are a manifestation of part of a body system that is failing, or has failed. So varicose veins are never normal.
Dr. Ted King
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Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology
6 doctors agree
In brief: Very Common
Close to 15% of the population will get varicose veins and another 35% will get some other vein issues.
While not normal they are very common. The biggest risk factor is genetics, followed by age, female gender, sedentary lifestyle and others. The good news is they can be easily treated if they cause symptoms. I would recommend you see a vein specialist if they are a concern.

In brief: Very Common
Close to 15% of the population will get varicose veins and another 35% will get some other vein issues.
While not normal they are very common. The biggest risk factor is genetics, followed by age, female gender, sedentary lifestyle and others. The good news is they can be easily treated if they cause symptoms. I would recommend you see a vein specialist if they are a concern.
Dr. Thomas Wright
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Dr. Joel Gotvald
Surgery - Vascular
3 doctors agree
In brief: Varicose Veins Cause
No, it is not normal to get varicose veins, but it is a common condition.
The abnormality usually arises as a result of a predisposed genetic weakness of the valves within certain veins of the legs. As the valves fail, the blood pools inside the veins causing pressure build-up and bulging of the veins. It tends to get worse with time. I suggest a vascular surgeon evaluate them for treatment.

In brief: Varicose Veins Cause
No, it is not normal to get varicose veins, but it is a common condition.
The abnormality usually arises as a result of a predisposed genetic weakness of the valves within certain veins of the legs. As the valves fail, the blood pools inside the veins causing pressure build-up and bulging of the veins. It tends to get worse with time. I suggest a vascular surgeon evaluate them for treatment.
Dr. Joel Gotvald
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2 doctors agree
In brief: No,
Although 15-25% of the civilized world has it.
It is far less 3-5% in third world countries! less sedentarism and better food habits ( with less constipation). If having a family history and female u can get them. A famed dr, sir william osler said: "varicose veins are the result of improper selection of grandparents".

In brief: No,
Although 15-25% of the civilized world has it.
It is far less 3-5% in third world countries! less sedentarism and better food habits ( with less constipation). If having a family history and female u can get them. A famed dr, sir william osler said: "varicose veins are the result of improper selection of grandparents".
Dr. Gabriel Goren
Dr. Gabriel Goren
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Dr. John Landi
Phlebology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Not normal.
Varicose veins are bulging grape-like appearing veins in the legs are are usually due to malfunctioning (refluxing) valves in the saphenous system. They are not normal and they could lead to many potential problems.
You should see a vein specialist for a full venous evaluation including a venous reflux exam.

In brief: Not normal.
Varicose veins are bulging grape-like appearing veins in the legs are are usually due to malfunctioning (refluxing) valves in the saphenous system. They are not normal and they could lead to many potential problems.
You should see a vein specialist for a full venous evaluation including a venous reflux exam.
Dr. John Landi
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Dr. Andrew Kramer
They are abnormal but usually can be controlled with pressure gradient stockings
Dr. Sendhil Subramanian
Radiology - Interventional
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
There are many people who have varicose veins.
Often they are asymptomatic. In some cases they may cause pain, swelling and itching. It is typically secondary venous reflux disease. Approximately 25 million Americans have venous reflux.

In brief: Yes
There are many people who have varicose veins.
Often they are asymptomatic. In some cases they may cause pain, swelling and itching. It is typically secondary venous reflux disease. Approximately 25 million Americans have venous reflux.
Dr. Sendhil Subramanian
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Dr. Norman Chideckel
Surgery - Vascular
In brief: Varicose veins
not really indicates some valve dysfunction with regard to large veins or hormonal cause for spider veins

In brief: Varicose veins
not really indicates some valve dysfunction with regard to large veins or hormonal cause for spider veins
Dr. Norman Chideckel
Dr. Norman Chideckel
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In brief: Varicose veins
Varicose veins are not normal but have increased prevalence with aging and sedentary lifestyles.
Targeted leg exercises and strong calf muscles reduce likelihood of developing varicose veins.

In brief: Varicose veins
Varicose veins are not normal but have increased prevalence with aging and sedentary lifestyles.
Targeted leg exercises and strong calf muscles reduce likelihood of developing varicose veins.
Dr. Hratch Karamanoukian
Dr. Hratch Karamanoukian
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Dr. John Ricotta
Surgery - Vascular
In brief: Very common
Varicose veins are one of the most common vascular conditions.
They occur in people who stand a lot, can be inherited, and can cause problems over time if untreated. Treatment includes support stockings, vein ablation and sclerotherapy depending on which veins are involved. See someone who specializes in this treatment and can offer multiple options

In brief: Very common
Varicose veins are one of the most common vascular conditions.
They occur in people who stand a lot, can be inherited, and can cause problems over time if untreated. Treatment includes support stockings, vein ablation and sclerotherapy depending on which veins are involved. See someone who specializes in this treatment and can offer multiple options
Dr. John Ricotta
Dr. John Ricotta
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Dr. Kevin Fleishman
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: Yes
Varicose veins are common during pregnancy.
If they are bothersome, i recommend compression stockings.

In brief: Yes
Varicose veins are common during pregnancy.
If they are bothersome, i recommend compression stockings.
Dr. Kevin Fleishman
Dr. Kevin Fleishman
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