Risk Factors

Risk factors for varicose veins

  • Genetic disposition (history of varicose veins in the family)
  • Gender (1:3 females and 1:5 males are affected)
  • Pregnancy (30% in the first pregnancy, 55% during the second and following pregnancies)
  • Age (people  over 55 are more prone and incidence progressively increases with age)

Risk factors for chronic venous insufficiency

  • Professionals needing prolonged standing and sitting
  • Gender (Women develop edema more often)
  • Obesity (CVI may develop even without reflux or venous obstruction)
  • Age (older people are more susceptible to developing the venous disease)