A host of risk factors that may contribute to the development of vein disease have been identified by Monmouth County Vein Specialists. Unfortunately, the more risk factors you have, the greater your risk.
Family history: an individual’s risk of developing varicose veins is increased if his/her family members have a family history of vein disease.
Increasing age: Over 40, the valves and walls of the veins degenerate with age, making them more susceptible to vein disease.
Female gender: Females undergo more hormonal changes than males (such as during pregnancy, menopause and puberty), making them more susceptible to vein disease.
Pregnancy: Pregnancy increases a woman’s risk of developing vein disease in two ways: through hormonal changes and an increased volume of blood in the body.
Injury to the legs that may damage the vessel walls
Previous deep vein thrombosis
Obesity: Excessive weight puts a strain on the circulatory system
Physical inactivity: Regular physical activity enhances blood flow, reducing the chances of blood pooling. Furthermore, stronger muscles assist with blood flow through the veins.
Certain medications: Drugs that can cause hormonal changes such as the birth control pill or hormone replacement therapy can weaken the vessel walls.
Various conditions: Conditions that increase the pressure in the abdomen lead to an increased risk of vein disease. Vein centers in Monmouth County also identify cancer as a risk factor for vein disease.
Occupational health: Occupations or daily activities that involve standing or sitting for prolonged periods place patients at a higher risk of developing vein disease.
Smoking weakens the vein walls and exposes them to harmful substances.
If you feel you are at risk, visit your nearest vein expert in Ocean County for a consultation. Your vein care specialist will be able to highlight any risk factors and explain how to modify them.