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When do varicose veins appear?

I am worried that I will get varicose veins because my mother has them. I am in my mid 30s and don’t have any yet, when do they usually appear? If I haven’t gotten them by now will I ever get them?


Doctors Answers (7)

Varicose veins most often appear when people are 30-50 years old but can appear as early as the teens or as late as the 60's. If you have had no children you may yet still get them; if you have had several pregnancies, you probably won't get them.

There is a 70% chance that you will get them if only one parent has them and 95-% chance if both parents have them. Start now and get a complete venous evaluation and get a good preventive plan in place. There is a lot that can be done to slow the progression.

When or even if you develop varicose veins depends on more than just your age. The genetics you inherited come from both sides of the family and not only from your mother, so look at the other members of the family. If you are still planning or able to get pregnant, that is the most likely event to cause you to develop varicose veins. I recommend wearing maternity compression hose if you become pregnant. Also, avoid wearing high heeled shoes and frequent walking will reduce the likelihood of getting varicose veins. If you do develop varicose veins in the future, the treatment options are now simple office procedures that are comfortable and highly effective.

Hereditary varicose veins can appear as early as in the early teens if one looks for them with Ultrasound imaging. If only one parent has them, then about 47% of the offsprings will have them. If both parents have varicose veins, 90% of the children can develop varicosities. If you have symptoms (tired, heavy, throbbing or leg or anckle swelling at the end of the day) I recommend you seek help.

Varicose veins can appear at any time but the tend to occur in 20 or 30s for women after or during pregnancies. Varicose veins also occur in 40s through 60s. If you make to 70 without them you are probably home free.

As you get older they may appear. They tend to get worse with weight gain, pregnancies and professions where you stand all day. I wouldn't worry as there is no real way to prevent them.

If you have had no pregancies and plan to, this may be when you see vein changes such as spider and varicose veins. That is if you inherited the gene from your mother. It is possible you may never develop them.

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