Dr. Steve Elias - How can I prevent varicose veins and spider veins?

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Many patients like to be proactive and think what can I do to prevent my veins from either become varicose or how can I prevent my varicose veins or spider veins from getting worse. In general that's a tough answer because the greatest risk for developing vein disease is a hereditary risk.

For instance if one of your parents have varicose veins, you have about a 33% chance of having varicose vein disease. Both parents you have almost 95% chance. So while we can't choose our parents, though sometimes we might like to, we can do other things to prevent some of the other risk factors in vein disease such as obesity, lack of exercise.

It's also true multiple pregnancies increase the risk of varicose veins as do jobs where patients stand all the time because you're putting more pressure. So while we can't choose our parents we can choose to minimize some other risk factors involved.