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How common are varicose veins?

This question was asked in Irvine, California and has 5 answer(s) as of 11/27/2012.
How common are varicose veins? How much of the population actually has them?

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Doctors Answers (5)

Generally, about 20 percent of adults have varicose veins with women being 5 times as likely to have varicose veins than men. The risk increases if other family members are affected (genetics) and with environmental factors such as the number of pregnancies, jobs with prolonged standing and wearing of high heel shoes.

It is estimated that around 50% population has varicose vein problems after the age of 50. The younger population estimates run @ 25% for women and 10% for men.

Incidence increases with age and is more common in women, with over 40% of women in their 50's suffering from some sort of venous disorder. Across all ages and gender, 60% of Americans suffer from venous disease and its many problems.

Both men and women can get varicose veins, with heredity being the #1 cause. In the United States, women are slightly more likely than men to suffer from abnormal leg veins, with 50-55% of women and 40-45% of men suffering from some type of vein problem in the course of their lives.

Varicose veins (VV) are very common and it is estimated that overall 1 in 5 American adults have them. VV are a progressive problem meaning they become more common as one ages. Most people don't know they have VV because most people's VV are under the skin and not visible. Because genetics / heredity are the #1 cause, VV can start early and problems from VV can even be seen in the 20s. As life events occur, like pregnancy, jobs standing or sitting, injury, etc, VV can progress and become more prevalent. By age 65, it is estimated that 1 in 3 have VV.

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