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Who is most likely to suffer from venous disease?

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Who is most likely to suffer from venous disease? Actually, anyone can suffer from venous disease. It is more common in women when compared to men and the prevalence increases with the age. Actually, four times more women suffer from varicose veins than men. There are different factors that increase your risk for gaining varicose veins disease. These factors include hormonal changes, pregnancy, immobility, and obesity. Approximately 50 percent of the patients who have varicose vein disease have a genetic or hereditary tendency to developing them. It is very important to determine that there is no underlying cause of your varicose veins before having them treated. Warning signs that you need to be aware of is if one leg is severely affected and the other leg is normal, or if you have had a history of deep venous thrombosis of blood clot in your deep vein in the past. The varicose veins you see on the surface may actually be the vessels that are carrying the majority of the blood out of the leg and back to the heart. Therefore, removing these vessels may cause worsening of the underlying problem.

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