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Varicose Veins - What Increases Your Risk

Factors that increase your risk of developing varicose veins include:

  • Pregnancy (particularly repeated pregnancies).
  • Being female.
  • Advancing age.
  • Being overweight (tends to be a stronger factor in women). Having low muscle mass and high body fat decreases the support for the veins.
  • Family history of varicose veins.
  • Prolonged sitting or standing.
  • Conditions that increase pressure in the abdomen, such as liver disease, fluid in the abdomen, previous groin surgery, or heart failure.
  • Injury to the veins.
  • Blood clots.
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Last Updated: August 17, 2012
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