U

Understanding Varicose Veins Genetic Risk Factors in the Family

by | Jun 17, 2024

Discover the link between genetics and varicose veins. Learn how family history, genetic variations, and other factors contribute to the development of varicose veins, and understand inherited predispositions interplay with lifestyle influences.

young Asian happy family walking together

Familial Risk Factors and Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are enlarged, twisted veins that commonly occur in the legs and feet. They can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, lifestyle, and other health conditions. There is nothing to feel bashful of if you are struggling with varicose veins. Many people don’t realize the long term effects of untreated varicose veins and may even try to deal with them on their own without discussing them with a doctor. It is best to try to gain an understanding of the familiar risk factors that can contribute to varicose veins in general.

Among the important factors to consider are the genetic factors that play a role in the development of varicose veins in one’s life. The relationship between genetics and varicose veins is well-established, as genetics can play a significant role in the development of this condition. Here’s how genetics are related to varicose veins.

 

Genetics in the Family

The DNA that you are born with is not something that can be changed. However, it still plays a major role in the way that one develops various medical issues, including varicose veins. Understand that the development of varicose veins is not within our control, it is just something that happens as a factor of your specific genetics.

 

Familial Risk Factors

Sadly, there are a lot of less-than-desirable things that may be passed down from one’s family members via their genes. One such thing is varicose veins. Those with a family history of varicose veins are at a higher risk of ending up with varicose veins themselves as well. This issue may be passed down over the generations, and you should be aware that you are potentially at a higher risk for developing varicose veins if your family has a history with them. Here are some ways to know your genetic predisposition.

Family History: If you have a family history of varicose veins, your risk of developing them is significantly higher. Studies have shown that varicose veins tend to run in families, suggesting a hereditary component.

Genetic Variants: Specific genetic variations have been linked to an increased risk of developing varicose veins. Research has identified certain genes that may affect the structure and function of veins, making them more susceptible to becoming varicose.

 

Other Mechanics of Genetic Influence 

  • Connective Tissue Disorders: Some inherited connective tissue disorders, such as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, can weaken the vein walls and valves, increasing the likelihood of varicose veins.
  • Valve Function: Genetic factors can affect the functioning of the valves within veins. These valves are crucial for preventing the backflow of blood. If these valves are weak or dysfunctional due to genetic reasons, blood can pool in the veins, leading to varicose veins.
  • Venous Wall Strength: The strength and elasticity of the venous walls can also be influenced by genetic factors. Weak or less elastic veins are more prone to becoming varicose under pressure.

 

Other Contributing Factors 

It is easy to lay all of the blame for varicose veins on our family members and the genes they have passed on to us, but that’s not the only thing that can cause you to have varicose veins. There are other contributing factors that may play a role in all of this as well.

There are some surprising potential contributors to varicose veins such as the occupation that you work in. If you work in an office job where you are seated for long periods of time, then you might find that you have more risk factors for developing varicose veins than the average person. Additionally, the lifestyle that you live is another factor that might have an impact on the odds that you will develop varicose veins. In particular, if you spend a lot of time in a seated position, you are increasing your risk of varicose veins.

While genetics play a significant role, the development of varicose veins is usually multifactorial. Some other main contributing factors include:

  1. Age: The risk of varicose veins increases with age as veins lose elasticity and valves may weaken over time.
  2. Gender: Women are more likely to develop varicose veins, possibly due to hormonal changes that can affect vein walls.
  3. Pregnancy: Increased blood volume and pressure on veins during pregnancy can contribute to the development of varicose veins.
  4. Obesity: Excess weight can put additional pressure on veins, increasing the risk of varicose veins.
  5. Prolonged Standing or Sitting: Occupations or lifestyles that require long periods of standing or sitting can impede blood flow, leading to varicose veins.

 

Prevention and Early Intervention

There are things that you can do to try to prevent the worst potential impacts of varicose veins in your life. You can and should incorporate more exercise into your life when possible. This will help you with blood circulation and reduce the risk of varicose veins developing in your life. You should also give up other risky activities such as excessive alcohol consumption and smoking. Keep tabs on monitoring your varicose veins and work to change the path that you are on to try to get ahead of this as an issue for yourself. Understanding your family history and genetic predisposition can help in assessing your risk for varicose veins and taking preventive measures. However, managing lifestyle factors is also crucial in minimizing the risk and managing existing varicose veins.

 

Varicose Veins Treatment Options in Singapore

The good news is that there are treatment options for dealing with varicose veins. Those options range from conservative measures to minimally invasive treatment options such as Sclerotherapy or ClosureFast. You can find tailored treatment options depending on your genetic condition, risk factors, and varicose veins development to try to address the issue. For more information on how to take care of varicose veins, reach out to the Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic’s varicose veins specialist in Singapore, Dr. Manish Taneja. Contact us today to find the answers that you need on how to manage and treat your varicose veins effectively.

 

Lifestyle Changes that Can Help Prevent Varicose Veins

These lifestyle changes can help even if you have already started getting them to keep them from getting worse or developing at all.

Am I at Risk of Varicose Veins, Spider Veins, or Deep Vein Thrombosis?

The appearance of varicose and spider veins on your body is nothing of immediate concern. If there are symptoms associated with them, schedule a visit with your doctor to diagnose and treat varicose veins. Spider veins, varicose veins, and deep vein thrombosis (DVT) can occur on individuals with all body types, genders, and ages. The following demographics may have a higher chance of experiencing them.

  • Those who are overweight (therefore, maintain a healthy weight to reduce the pressure)
  • Pregnant women
  • Females
  • Individuals between the ages of 40 and 80
  • Those who are inactive/not exercising (even sitting or standing for long periods)
  • Smoker
  • Frequent flyers
  • Those who have had surgery or leg trauma

Varicose veins specialist, Dr. Manish Taneja, offers comprehensive care for varicose veins patients at Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic in Singapore.

Assessment of Varicose Veins

Clinical examination and ultrasound doppler scan are most important tools in assessment and deciding management of varicose veins. This takes about 15-20 minutes to do and is usually done in the clinic itself.

Treatment of Varicose Veins

There are various techniques available to treat varicose veins depending on clinical presentation. These include:

  • Conservative medical management including compression socks
  • Laser endovenous treatment (EVLT)
  • Radio-frequency endovenous ablation (RFA)
  • Clarivein endovenous treatment
  • VenaSeal endovenous closure system
  • Microwave endovenous ablation
  • Open surgery
  • Venous avulsions
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Cryolaser and cryosclerotherapy

What are the Advantages of Minimally Invasive Treatments?

  • No major surgery
  • No or minimal visible scars
  • Quick recovery
  • Same day admission and discharge
  • Clinic based treatments

Learn more about “Spider Veins: Types, Symptoms, and Treatment”. Although they might be a cosmetic concern, they can also lead to serious health issues. You might also be interested to find out more on our blog post, “Deep Vein Thrombosis: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment” about the difference between DVT and varicose veins.

Consult a Vascular Specialist for Your Varicose Veins and Spider Veins

Dr. Manish Taneja, a certified vascular and varicose veins specialist in Singapore, has extensive experience in the treatment of all vascular interventions and looks after venous diseases like varicose veins, spider veins, and reticular veins. Come in for a further evaluation and contact us to arrange  your varicose veins appointment today.

 

Dr. Manish Taneja performing surgery

Varicose Veins Resources

Explore our varicose veins and spider veins resources for patients. Gain insight into the diagnosis and treatment of varicose and spider veins conditions, their underlying causes, symptoms, and complications. Connect with your vascular health.

Keep Varicose Veins and Spider Veins at Bay

If your legs feel sore persistently, achy when standing long periods, or maybe you notice blue or purple veins even bulging in the area, chances are these symptoms of varicose veins and spider veins could lead to other serious venous diseases such as Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI), or Leg Swelling due to increased pressure forming larger blood clots over time. Varicose veins are fully treatable with minimally invasive procedures and treatments offering minimal downtime and quick recovery preventing further complications. Long term effects of untreated varicose veins can hinder your daily life and impact your health.

The Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic in Singapore is here to diagnose and treat varicose veins smoothening patients’ experience to find relief and comfort. As a vascular and interventional radiology specialist based in Singapore, Dr. Manish Taneja looks after a spectrum of venous diseases, peripheral vascular malformations, and peripheral arterial disease. Dr. Manish Taneja also has extensive experience in performing all vascular interventions, non-vascular interventions and interventional oncology procedures.

Other Health Conditions

The Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic is your “go-to” facility for various conditions and treatments. To arrange an appointment with Dr. Manish Taneja, our varicose veins specialist, contact us. You can also call us at (+65) 6904 8084 for a consultation.