Varicose veins reflect more serious conditions of the disease. In general, the larger the varicose vein, the more serious the problem. Long existing varicose veins and thrombosis invariably lead to skin lesions, which, at the worst, will end up in an ulcer. Therefore, an early diagnosis is essential in order to prevent a bad outcome of venous disease.
- Varicose veins will afflict approximately 20% of all adults by age 60.
- Risk factors include a family history of varicose veins, obesity, pregnancy and hormonal changes at menopause.
- Occupational and lifestyle factors requiring long periods of standing can also lead to varicose veins.
- Women suffer from varicose veins more than men
- Other vein diseases such as blood clots can also be contributing factors to the formation of varicose veins.