How common are varicose and spider veins?

Irving B. David, MD
Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular)
Varicose and spider veins are extremely common. There’s a genetic predisposition. Often times, women notice them after pregnancy. Basically, the enlarging uterus is an obstructing phenomenon to the veins in legs. Sometimes varicose veins form after deep veins are closed and it’s important for a physician to know the difference. The wrong treatment might worsen blood flow to the heart.
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Kristi Dark
Varicose veins are an inherited characteristic which may be aggravated by certain conditions like pregnancy, increased blood volume, increased cardiac output, increased venocaval pressure, and progesterone. Varicose veins are three times more common in women than in men. The peak incidence of onset is between 30 and 40 years of age.

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Spider Veins and Varicose Veins

Large twisted blue or purplish veins visible at the skins surface are known as varicose veins. Any vein in your body can become varicose but it usually occurs in the legs and feet due to the pressure the lower body endures to keep ...

your body upright. It is caused by the weakening of the valves and veins in your legs. Varicose veins are usually hereditary. We are also more prone to get varicose veins as we age. Symptoms include itching, burning, throbbing or cramping in the legs and around the veins. Self-care measures such as exercising, elevating your legs, and wearing compression stockings are used to ease the pain and prevent varicose veins from getting worse. If these measures dont work, see your doctor to discuss medical treatments that are available to close or remove varicose veins.

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