John Zarcone, MD
state-of-the-art varicose vein & spider vein treatment
These factors increase your risk of developing varicose veins:

  • Age:  Varicose veins usually appear between ages 30
    and 70 and get progressively worse.
  • Gender:  Women are more likely than men are to
    develop the condition.  
  • Pregnancy/Hormonal:  Hormonal changes during
    pregnancy or menopause may be a factor.  Female
    hormones tend to relax vein walls.  Taking hormone
    replacement therapy or birth control pills may increase
    your risk of varicose veins.
  • Genetics: If other family members had varicose veins,
    there's a greater chance that you will too.
  • Obesity: Being overweight puts added pressure on your
  • Occupational:  Standing or sitting for long      periods
    of time.  Your blood doesn't flow as well if you're in the
    same position for long periods of time.
  • History of blood clots (DVT):  Previous clots destroy
    the valves of the veins rendering them insufficient and
    prone to severe reflux.