Risk Factors for Varicose Veins

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Risk Factors for Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are enlarged veins that are often swollen, bulging and raised above the surface of the skin. These veins are often found on the calves, thighs and inside of the legs. In addition to being unsightly, varicose veins can also cause pain, aching, cramping, burning, itching and numbness.

At Aluna Vein Centers, we offer free vein screenings to new patients at our numerous offices located in Beverly Hills, Glendale, Encino, and Irvine, CA. Like with most medical problems, knowing your risk factors for varicose veins can help you avoid getting these veins in the first place. Below is some information on varicose vein prevention and the most common risk factors associated with these problematic veins.


Genetics/Family History

Genetics plays a leading role in so many aspects of our lives from the color of our eyes to our risk for developing cancer, and varicose veins are no exception. Nearly half of all people with varicose veins have a family history of them. Some studies have found that if both parents have various veins, their children are very likely to develop them as well.


Women are at higher risk for developing varicose veins than men. This is due to hormonal changes women experience during puberty, while pregnant or when going through menopause.


Many women develop varicose veins while pregnant. The veins in the legs work by carrying blood upward, against gravity. A growing fetus puts more pressure on the abdominal and pelvic areas which can cause the veins to weaken and fail.


People who spend a great deal of time at work standing or walking like nurses and hairdressers are at higher risk for developing varicose veins. This is because the longer you spend on your feet, the harder your veins have to work.

Lack of Movement

Sitting still or standing for long periods of time can raise the risk for varicose veins. This is because staying in one position for long periods of time can force the veins to work harder to pump blood to your heart.

Being Overweight or Obese

Carrying an excessive amount of body weight can put added pressure on the veins in the legs, to raise one’s risk for developing varicose veins.

Leg Trauma

People with a history of blood clots or who’ve had the valves in their veins damaged are at higher risk for developing varicose veins. Just a hard blow to the leg can cause varicose veins to develop.

Contact Aluna Vein Centers

If you’re looking for a Beverly Hills, Encino, Irvine or Glendale vein specialist because you suspect you have varicose veins, we encourage you to contact us to request an appointment with Dr. Massoudi. He is an experienced and certified vein specialist who offers a wide range of varicose vein treatments. After providing you with a thorough examination, our doctor will recommend the right treatment based on your individual needs. We look forward to seeing you soon and helping you find the relief you need!
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