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Do varicose veins worsen over time?

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Do varicose veins worsen over time? Varicose veins do get worse over time. Anyone who has varicose veins has them because their vein walls are weak and over time with gravity pushing on the veins, the veins will stretch. So they will worsen but one can do many things to slow down that process including treat the vein, wear elastic support hose, a moderate degree of exercise is helpful, avoiding prolonged sitting or standing is helpful. Additionally, one of the most important things that one can do is to lose weight if you're overweight.

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