Top Causes of Vein Disease



People with a family history of vein disease have a higher likelihood of having it themselves.


The more you weigh, the more pressure you’re putting on your legs and the more likely you are to develop varicose veins.

Hormonal Imbalance

Pregnancy and menopause affect your hormone levels, which can trigger the development of varicose veins.


It is natural that as you age, your veins become weaker. Weaker veins can cause blood to backflow and pool resulting in varicose veins.

Prolonged Sitting

Sitting for long periods causes blood to pool in your legs, increasing the amount of pressure on your veins causing then to become weaker. Standing or walking frequently to keep the blood pumping in your leg veins is important.

Prolonged Standing

Standing for long periods can cause stress on your veins. Occupations such as hairstylists, salesclerks, and nurses are more likely to develop problematic veins if they are not giving their legs enough time to rest by sitting or elevating them.

Other Risk Factors of Vein Disease


Women are almost twice as likely to have varicose veins than men. Studies show that 17% of men and 33% of women are diagnosed with varicose veins.


Smoking is detrimental to your health and body, including your veins, because it causes damage to your blood vessels, increasing your chances of vein disease.

Your Medical History

If you have a known history of blood clots, you’re more prone to having varicose and spider veins.


Leg Pain

Legs that feel weighed down, stiff, or fatigued for no apparent reason, is a sign of a condition affecting the veins.

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Restless Legs

Some describe restless legs as an uncontrollable urge to move your legs, usually because of an uncomfortable sensation.

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Venous disease can cause swelling in the ankles and lower legs most evident at the end of the day.

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Longstanding history of vein disease can lead to skin changes that result in discoloration of the lower leg, also known as hyperpigmentation.

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Bulging Veins

Bulging veins occur when vein valves do not function properly, allowing the blood to pool resulting in the swelling and twisting of the vein.

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Open Sores & Ulcers

Once vein disease has reached a more advanced stage, the pressure from the back flow of blood can cause lower leg ulcers that will not heal on their own.

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