Varicose Veins and Genetics

Like many health conditions, a person’s likelihood of developing painful, enlarged varicose veins at some point in their life can be heightened if they have a family history of such conditions. While this genetic tie had been noticed anecdotally for decades, a 2005 study pointed to a specific gene whose mutation was statistically significant in patients who suffered from enlarged varicose veins.

Patients who have a family history of visible varicose veins may be able to decrease their risk of developing similar veins by being mindful of causes, such as obesity and prolonged standing which are more under the control of the individual. However, those with a strong family history may nevertheless have to rely on medical treatment options in order to deal with visible varicose veins after they have already developed.

Luckily, a variety of treatment options exist. At the Visible Varicose Vein Center, every treatment regimen starts with a one-on-one consultation to assess the patients’ individual needs. We use only the most effective, state-of-the-art treatment options so patients can be rid of these unsightly and often painful veins, while experiencing minimal discomfort.

Those who may suspect that they are genetically pre-disposed to develop varicose veins, spider veins, or a variety of other vascular conditions, are encouraged to read more on our website about the other factors, such as obesity, which can exacerbate this genetic vulnerability. To schedule a consultation today, please fill out our contact form or call our office using the phone number listed above.

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