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Are Vein Conditions Hereditary?


What Vein Conditions are Hereditary?

If your grandmother had varicose veins, and your mom does as well, you may wonder if this condition is genetic — and are others hereditary as well?

Keep reading to learn more about the link between your genetics and some of the most common vein conditions.

Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are weaker, thinner, and present themselves as thick, twisted, cord-like tubing underneath your skin. About 30 percent of adults experience varicose veins — especially pregnant women and those who tend to spend many hours on their feet.

Your genetics do play a factor in whether or not you may develop varicose veins. Studies show that if you have one parent with varicose veins, your risk of developing them goes up by 40 percent. If both your parents have them, your risk can rise to up to 90 percent. Other common causes of varicose veins include:

  • Hormone levels
  • Weight
  • Age
  • Injury to your legs

Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI)

Similarly to varicose veins, scientists claim there is a link between your genetics and your vein health. While there isn’t a specific gene that appears to be related to vein conditions like CVI and varicose veins, it’s assumed that genetic components may affect the strength of your blood vessels themselves.

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Deep phlebitis, or deep vein thrombosis (DVT), can happen to any patient at any age and can lead to other severe illnesses, such as pulmonary embolism (sudden blockage in a lung artery) if left untreated.

Is Deep Vein Thrombosis Hereditary?

It is possible to develop deep vein thrombosis if you have a family history of the condition. According to the CDC, between 5 and 8 percent of Americans have at least one genetic condition that makes them at higher risk for developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Additionally, hereditary antithrombin deficiency can increase your risk of DVT. This condition causes your body to form blood clots, especially in the veins. About 50 percent of people with hereditary antithrombin deficiency will develop at least one abnormal blood clot during their lives.

Identifying and Treating Vein Conditions

While the condition may not be directly related to your genetics, the underlying conditions that you inherit from your family tree can increase your risks. When you visit your vein specialists, it’s important to outline your family history in full, so your doctor knows which symptoms and vein conditions to pay close attention to.

Vein Specialists in Colorado Springs

For proper diagnosis and treatment, please contact Dr. Albert at Albert Vein Institute for a consultation. Call (303) 857-5111 or contact us online today.