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Risk Factors

Other than being a woman over the age of 40, risk factors that increase your chances of developing varicose veins include:

  • Family members with varicose veins
  • Hormonal changes, such as with pregnancy or menopause
  • Pressure on the veins of the pelvis, as with pregnancy or constipation
  • Obesity
  • Working at a job that requires standing on your feet for long periods
  • Wearing knee-high socks or stockings with tight elastic
  • Previous leg injury
  • The use of birth control pills
  • Post-menopausal hormone replacement therapy
  • History of blood clots
  • Gender -  Almost 50 percent of women between 40 and 50 years of age, and about 75 percent of those ages 60 to 70 have varicose veins.

Contact Information

Cardiovascular Medicine
Division of the CardioVascular Institute
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215