There are two primary types of vein conditions:
(1) Spider veins are tangled groups of tiny blood vessels just under the skin’s surface that resemble spider webs, hence their name. Typically, they are red, blue or purple and are clearly visible on the thighs, lower legs and face.
(2) Varicose veins are swollen, twisted veins that can be seen through the skin. They often occur in the legs and cause aching or throbbing. Both types of vein conditions can produce physical symptoms—from leg pain and fatigue to itching, burning and nighttime restlessness.
Varicose veins affect millions of Americans every year. They are caused by a dysfunction in the valves in the venous vascular system. The vascular system is made up of veins and arteries and are responsible for transporting blood all around the body.
Genetics, lifestyle factors, occupational hazards and overall health can all play a role in the development of Varicose veins. For some, the varicose veins are just cosmetically unappealing. For others the veins can become swollen, “heavy” and painful.
More than 40 million people in the United States suffer from varicose veins.
Almost 50% of varicose vein patients have a family history of varicose veins.
If both parents have varicose veins, your chances to develop the disease are close to 90%.
If one parent is affected, daughters have a 60% chance while sons have a 25% chance of developing the disease.
The prevalence of varicose veins is greater in women (55%) compared to men (45%).
It is estimated that 41% of women over the age of 50 have varicose veins.
It is estimated that 50% of the US population over 50 years old has varicose veins.
Women who are moderately overweight (BMI 25-29.9) have a 50% increased risk of developing varicose veins.