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What causes varicose veins?

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Dr. Khashayar Salartash
Surgery - Vascular
7 doctors agree

In brief: Genes and behavior

There are many factors that contribute to varicose veins.
Some of these are genetics, standing for lengthy periods, gravity or hormones. Today's technology allows surgeons to perform treatment for varicose veins using minimally invasive techniques. This allows for faster healing and return to work in just a few days.

In brief: Genes and behavior

There are many factors that contribute to varicose veins.
Some of these are genetics, standing for lengthy periods, gravity or hormones. Today's technology allows surgeons to perform treatment for varicose veins using minimally invasive techniques. This allows for faster healing and return to work in just a few days.
Dr. Khashayar Salartash
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Dr. John Landi
Phlebology
4 doctors agree

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
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Dr. Craig Schwartz
Phlebology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Genetics, pregnancy

The most common causes of varicose veins include genetics or family history, pregnancy, trauma, hormonal influences, and occupations or activities with prolonged standing or sitting.
All of these lead to valvular incompetence in the veins, which allows reflux of blood and venous pooling in the limb, with increasing venous pressure and eventual dilation of the superficial veins into varicosities.

In brief: Genetics, pregnancy

The most common causes of varicose veins include genetics or family history, pregnancy, trauma, hormonal influences, and occupations or activities with prolonged standing or sitting.
All of these lead to valvular incompetence in the veins, which allows reflux of blood and venous pooling in the limb, with increasing venous pressure and eventual dilation of the superficial veins into varicosities.
Dr. Craig Schwartz
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Dr. James White
Cosmetic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Vein valve problems

I agree that the risk factors for development of varicose veins as above.
In heredity cases, patients are born with incompetent one way valves with prevent the venous blood from flowing backward down the extremities. Increased abdominal pressure with pregnancy can cause the superficial veins to be under extreme pressure due to the lack of vavular function. Consider compression stockings.

In brief: Vein valve problems

I agree that the risk factors for development of varicose veins as above.
In heredity cases, patients are born with incompetent one way valves with prevent the venous blood from flowing backward down the extremities. Increased abdominal pressure with pregnancy can cause the superficial veins to be under extreme pressure due to the lack of vavular function. Consider compression stockings.
Dr. James White
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Dr. Thomas Wright
other risk factors include obesity, age, trauma and occupations which require prolonged standing in one place.
Dr. John Ricotta
Surgery - Vascular
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Bad valves

When the valves in our leg do not work the blood pools there and the increased pressure causes varicose veins.
Some times old DVT can cause valve damage but often it is just wear and tear. More common as we age. Veins can be treated with stockings or in appropriate patients with ablation of the diseased veins, an outpatient procedure. Vein surgery can be overused. See someone you trust.

In brief: Bad valves

When the valves in our leg do not work the blood pools there and the increased pressure causes varicose veins.
Some times old DVT can cause valve damage but often it is just wear and tear. More common as we age. Veins can be treated with stockings or in appropriate patients with ablation of the diseased veins, an outpatient procedure. Vein surgery can be overused. See someone you trust.
Dr. John Ricotta
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Multiple causes

There are many causes for this that include family history, multiple pregnancies, obesity and trauma.
There are many safe and effective medical and surgical treatments for this condition.

In brief: Multiple causes

There are many causes for this that include family history, multiple pregnancies, obesity and trauma.
There are many safe and effective medical and surgical treatments for this condition.
Dr. Jarrod Kaufman
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Dr. Douglas Joyce
Phlebology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Bad valves

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.

In brief: Bad valves

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.
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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Heredity

Far and away the most common cause of varicose veins is heredity.
If both of your parents have varicose veins, you have a 95% chance of getting them yourself. Other factors that come into play are standing for long periods of time at work, age, horrmones, and probably pregnancy. Studies are mixed on the effects of pregnancy. Interestingly obesity has never been shown to have any effect.

In brief: Heredity

Far and away the most common cause of varicose veins is heredity.
If both of your parents have varicose veins, you have a 95% chance of getting them yourself. Other factors that come into play are standing for long periods of time at work, age, horrmones, and probably pregnancy. Studies are mixed on the effects of pregnancy. Interestingly obesity has never been shown to have any effect.
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Dr. Hugh Pabarue
Internal Medicine

In brief: Varicose Vein Cause

Some potential causes are heredity, age, standing for long periods, trauma, pregnancy, and obesity.
We have valves in our veins that help push blood back up toward the heart. Over time, these valves get weak. Blood flow becomes inefficient and ends up pooling in the legs/your saphenous veins. This leads to varicose veins that may need treatment, especially if you have symptoms

In brief: Varicose Vein Cause

Some potential causes are heredity, age, standing for long periods, trauma, pregnancy, and obesity.
We have valves in our veins that help push blood back up toward the heart. Over time, these valves get weak. Blood flow becomes inefficient and ends up pooling in the legs/your saphenous veins. This leads to varicose veins that may need treatment, especially if you have symptoms
Dr. Hugh Pabarue
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Dr. Joel Gotvald
Surgery - Vascular

In brief: Genetics

The most common reason that people get varicose veins is genetic predisposition for weakened valves in their leg saphenous veins.
Other reasons can include trauma or phlebitis which damages vein valves in the legs. Although genetic predisposition is the most important factor, other situations can increase the severity or speed up the process of veins showing, such as pregnancy or being overweight

In brief: Genetics

The most common reason that people get varicose veins is genetic predisposition for weakened valves in their leg saphenous veins.
Other reasons can include trauma or phlebitis which damages vein valves in the legs. Although genetic predisposition is the most important factor, other situations can increase the severity or speed up the process of veins showing, such as pregnancy or being overweight
Dr. Joel Gotvald
Dr. Joel Gotvald
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