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Do you get varicose veins from your mother?

This question was asked in Fresno, California and has 16 answer(s) as of 06/12/2013.
I'm starting to notice nasty veins popping out in my legs. My mom has had them for years but worse. Hers are from varicose veins. Will I get varicose veins too? Does it happen genetically or something I'm doing in my lifestyle?


Doctors Answers (16)

The risk factors associated with getting varicose vein disease (bulging varicose veins, dilated green veins and purple/red spider veins) include being a female, having pregnancies, family history, standing occupations, taking female hormones, and injuries/trauma. So, the more of these risk factors you have, the more likely you will develop varicose vein disease.

Varicose veins can be caused by a combination of genetic risk and then environmental factors. Genetically, we are at increased risk based on the type of collagen we have. This collagen is used to give strength to the valves in your veins. If you have a weaker collagen then you are at higher risk for these valves staying open which allows blood to go in a reverse direction (reflux). This reflux will eventually lead to the spider and varicose veins that you see on your legs. The chance of this happening increases with lifestyle risk such as: pregnancy, prolonged standing, obesity, and a number of other factors. Please contact our office if you have any further questions or would like to be seen for a consultation.

Yes, in a manner of speaking you inherited the propensity for vein problems from your mother. Your mothers and fathers genes are the biggest factor for developing vein problems. Lifestyle factors also like obesity and trauma play a role but it is not as big as genetics.

Varicose Veins are certainly hereditary. Genes are the number one risk factor. Bulging veins that are more than 5 mm are considered varicose.

Varicose veins are caused by genetic factors inherited by both the maternal and paternal sides of the family. It is also caused by environmental and lifestyle factors including pregnancy. Since pregnancy is one of the major causes of developing varicose veins it is ironic that you may have also contributed to your mother getting varicose veins. If you have had children of your own, some of the varicose veins may be caused from your own pregnancies. Lifestyle factors include prolonged standing on hard surfaces (often work related), lack of aerobic activities/exercise, and frequently wearing of high heeled shoes. It is beneficial to be physically active and consider wearing compression hose if you have to stand to long periods of time during the day.

You do not get varicose veins directly from your mother but you do get the genetic predisposition to getting veins from your mother or father or even grandparents. While we don't fully understand the mechanism of this process we do know that people often have a family history of varicose veins. Once you started getting large veins they tend to increase in size over time. This explains why your mother has larger veins and you may have. The good news is that treatment will often eliminate the varicosities in the short-term and with careful followup long term varicosities can be kept to a minimum even though her genes are working against you.

Family History, advanced age, female gender, standing occupation and increased weight are strong risk factors for the development of Varicose veins. These factors have been reported in multiple epidemiological studies conducted in many European countries and in the USA.

There are several known risk factors for developing varicose veins. They include: heredity, being female, pregnancy, and aging. If one parent has these veins, there is approximately a 50 - 60% chance you will too. If both of your parents are affected that goes up to 90%.

It is definitely more common when one or both of your parents have varicose veins for you to develop them. There is most likely a genetic component which is inherited and other things can contribute such as number of pregnancies, jobs where you are on your feet for long periods etc. It is more likely that you will get them if your parents have varicose veins.

Varicose veins are genetic. There is a 70% chance that you will get them. If both parents have them, then 95% chance you will too. Feel free to make appointment so we can get started on a healthy vein care program. Insurance pays for treatment of varicose vein disorders when symptomatic.

Yes, varicose veins are hereditary and are transmitted from parents to siblings. This is the number one cause of varicose veins formation.

Chronic venous insufficiency, manifesting as varicose veins or other symptoms such as pain, tenderness, or leg swelling is a progressive problem that worsens over time due to the effects of gravity causing stretching of the vein walls. There is a very strong genetic tendency for the development of varicose veins which some researchers believe involves at least 19 different genes from both parents. Other factors which may cause venous insufficiency to develop earlier in life include obesity, pregnancy, and prolonged sitting or standing. Obstruction of veins of the legs or pelvis or old deep vein thrombosis (DVT) may accelerate the development of varicose veins as well.

Varicose veins and venous diseases can be associated with heredity. If one parent has problems then you have approximately a 47% chance of having disease. If both parents have problems then you have a 90% chance of having disease. If neither parent has problems you still have a 20% chance of having disease.

You can get varicose veins from your mother or your father. There is a strong genetic correlation. You are not doing anything wrong. If you have varicose veins they can be easily treated.

Yes, or your father. Hereditary factors are one of the leading causes of venous insufficiency and varicose veins. Thank goodness that the treatment now has evolved to laser closure of the culprit veins. In our parents and grandparents day, the only treatment was vein stripping which often left the patient in more pain and in worse shape then when they started.

You are very insightful, varicose veins are genetic. They can be aggravated by prolonged standing/sitting and multiple pregnancies.

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