Are Varicose Veins Hereditary
Your risk of Varicose Veins increases if a close family member has the condition. For example, your grandmother had Varicose Veins, your mom has, maybe your cousins and uncle to have them.
Did you know that Varicose Veins are a common medical problem that affects about 30% of adults? You see these twisted blue veins, they can be seen and felt under the skin, especially in the legs. Your curiosity doubles when you have a history of Varicose Veins in your family.
First, let us understand why Varicose Veins occur. The valves inside the veins open and close to propel blood to flow back towards the heart. But when these valves fail or become incompetent, they do not open and close as they should. This dysfunction allows blood intended to flow towards the heart to flow backward and pool, particularly in the lower extremities. As a result, this backflow and pooling of blood can result in the formation of Varicose Veins. They stretch the vein walls, resulting in the veins getting bigger and appearing twisted and blue, just under the skin says Dr. Shoaib F. Padaria, eminent Vein Specialist at Doctor House Cardiovascular Center in Mumbai. www.varicose.in
Weakness of the one-way Vein valves can be inherited. Depending on the degree of weakness, they may start leaking in young age if they are very weak. On the other hand, in most patients they get damaged after the age of 40 or 50 years. Your genetic factor or what you have inherited is just one aspect of your risk for getting Varicose Veins. There are many other factors which may contribute to the weak valves getting damaged, says Dr Shoaib Padaria.
Taking medications that contain female hormones, such as birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy, increases the risk of varicose veins. These hormones relax the veins, limiting their ability to move the blood along.
Your baby may put added pressure on the veins, but the good news is Varicose Veins that develop during pregnancy often go away about 3 months after the baby is born.
Having excess weight:
Are you overweight or obese? It increases your risk of Varicose Veins. This can strain the veins and limit the flow of blood back to the heart.
It’s no surprise that we grow older, our veins along with their valves and walls get older as well. Hard to believe, but true – The longer you live, the more likely your veins are to deteriorate, and Varicose Veins can form.
Mostly work that involves standing or sitting for long periods of time are more likely to develop Varicose Veins.
If you suffer an injury to your leg, your veins could be permanently damaged, which may result in Varicose Veins.
They can happen or more likely to lead to the development of Varicose Veins. Blood clots decrease blood flow through the vein and this pressure can stress vein walls and valves.
For more details or information on Varicose Veins, visit our website www.varicose.in or get in touch with Dr. Shoaib F. Padaria at Doctor House Cardiovascular Center in Mumbai. Doctor House Cardiovascular Center is one of the leading specialist vein centers in the country. Our specialists have treated Vascular diseases since last 30 years and performed the first laser treatment for varicose veins in the country in January 2003.
Preventive steps and effective treatment
Even if Varicose Veins is hereditary, remember there are things you can do to lessen your risk of developing them yourself. Some of these simple lifestyle changes may help decrease or diminish their severity.
Use your legs – Walking and avoiding sitting or standing for too long can improve blood flow in your legs.
Lose weight – Losing the excess weight will likely decrease the pressure on your veins and may improve how your legs look and feel.
Put your feet up – Elevating your legs 4 times a day for 30 minutes each time, can give your veins a break and allow gravity to help the blood move along.
Wear compressing stockings – Get yourself these special elastic stockings from the drug store, or your doctor may prescribe you a pair with a specific strength of compression. Put them on in the morning when you first get out of the bed and take them off before you go to bed at night.
Even if you have made preventive efforts, you may still develop Varicose Veins over time. The good news is that you have more options today than your grandmother did for the treatment of Varicose Veins.
For more details or information on Varicose Veins, visit our website www.varicose.in or get in touch with Dr. Shoaib F. Padaria at Doctor House Cardiovascular Center in Mumbai. Doctor House Cardiovascular Center is one of the leading specialist vein centers in the country. Our specialists have treated Vascular diseases for the last 30 years and performed the first laser treatment for varicose veins in the country in January 2003.