What Causes Varicose Veins – And Why Do You Have Them?

Actual before/after images of a Calcagno & Rossi patient

Just about anyone can get varicose veins.

You can be in your 20s and get them from pregnancy. You can be in your 60s and get them from your parents and grandparents. You can be a man or you can be a woman.

Here’s what we know about the risk factors that are linked to a higher risk of having varicose veins:

  • Sex – Females are much more likely to have varicose veins on their legs than males
  • Genetics – Varicose veins often run in families.
  • Overweight/obesity – Overweight or obese people have a significantly higher risk of developing varicose veins.
  • Pregnancy – Women are much more likely to develop varicose veins during their pregnancy than at any other time in their lives because of increased blood flow throughout the body. This places extra pressure on the circulatory system. A change in hormone levels and hormone balance can also lead to a relaxation of the blood vessel walls. Both these factors raise the risk of having varicose veins during pregnancy, but this medical condition typically goes away after your baby is born.
  • Age – The older we get, the more likely we are to develop varicose veins.
  • Some occupations – Jobs where the individual has to spend long periods of time standing  may also raise the probability of having varicose veins.

If you have ANY of these risk factors, or if you’re bothered by bulging, aching, embarrassing varicose veins or spider veins, call Central PA’s most experienced vein specialists at Calcagno & Rossi Vein Treatment Center today: 717-791-2800. Make an appointment with Dr. David Calcagno or Dr. John Rossi for an examination to determine if you have venous insufficiency (vein disease). Most varicose vein procedures are covered by insurance.