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    Risk Factors

    There are a number of risk factors which lead to varicose and spider veins, including:

    • Heredity – If your parents and grandparents had varicose veins, you are at increased risk.
    • Gender – Women are three times more likely to develop varicose veins than men.
    • Age – As we age, the tissues in our vein walls lose elasticity, causing the valve system to fail.
    • Pregnancy – Blood volume increases during pregnancy and hormonal changes contribute to vein enlargement.

    Additional factors that may contribute to the development of venous disease:

    • Occupations that require prolonged standing
    • Obesity
    • Deep venous thrombosis (DVT) – “leg blood clots”
    • Physical trauma

    Your varicose veins may need treatment if you experience:

    • Pain or aching
    • Burning
    • Heaviness
    • Tiredness
    • Swelling
    • Throbbing
    • Tenderness around the vein
    • Numbness
    • Darkening of the skin
    • Skin ulcers