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Causes and Risk Factors of Venous Disease

Hereditary factors are the primary cause of vein disease but lifestyle plays a major role in how the disease progresses and manifests itself. For example, if you have a job that you are on your feet a majority of the time (i.e., teacher, restaurant worker, flight attendant) this will increase the chances of developing lower extremity venous insufficiency.

Family History

Family-History-Title-211x300Your genetic disposition is the best predictor of venous reflux disease. If you have a family member with varicose veins, it is likely you have them or will develop them.


circular-line-with-word-age-in-the-center_318-47610Varicose veins most commonly manifest themselves between the ages 30 and 70. Once diagnosed or symptomatic, they will most likely get worse over time.


genderWomen are more likely than men are to develop vein disease by a 3 to 1 ratio.


Varicose Veins- pregnancyThe risk of developing venous disease increases with multiple pregnancies as hormonal changes and increased blood volume increases the stress on vein walls and valves.


2000px-Obesity-waist_circumference.svgObesity not only increases pressure on your veins but may also hinder venous return from the legs. Often times patients attribute leg pain and swelling to their weight but there may be an underlying venous disease issue that can go undiagnosed for years. At Precision Vascular & Interventional Radiology we have intimate knowledge and expertise treating this category of patients.

Standing for Long Periods of Time

Standing for Long Periods of TimeA lifestyle on your feet inhibits good blood circulation from your feet to your heart, initiating a vicious cycle of venous disease and valvular and vein dysfunction.

Sedentary Lifestyle

Sedentary Lifestyle

A lifestyle without physical activity inhibits good blood circulation from your feet to your heart, therefore blood doesn’t flow as well if you’re in the same position for long periods of time.

Other Causes & Risk Factors


    • Prior history of blood clot formation in the veins
    • Trauma
    • Illness
    • Prior pelvic or leg surgery

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This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Prior to starting any new treatment or questions regarding a medical condition, always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health provider.