Contributing Factors

  • Family history of venous issues. 

  • Sitting or standing for long periods of time. 

  • Obesity.​​

  • Gender.

    • Women often deal with venous insufficiency and varicose veins more than men which is believed to be related to the hormone progesterone.

  • Inactivity.

  • Smoking. 

    • Smoking can damage the lining of the veins causing weakness​.

  • Pregnancy.

    • During pregnancy, there is an influx of blood which can put strain on the veins.

  • Age over 50.

    • With age, the vein walls can weaken and stretch.