Varicose veins are one of the most common chronic conditions in this country, affecting about 25 percent of women and 15 percent of men, typically between the ages of 30 and 70. Women are more likely to get them, mainly due to hormonal influences and other factors during pregnancy, including increased blood flow and pressure in the veins.
In addition to age and gender, several other factors may lead to the development of varicose veins:
• Family history of varicose veins
• Inactivity (sitting or standing for long periods of time)
• Leg injury