Are Varicose Veins More Common in Women?

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By Karen McNew McGuire on July 10, 2018

Fact Check: Varicose veins are more common in women than men.

This is true according to Ashish Raju, M.D., a vascular surgeon at Carilion New River Valley Medical  Center.

“If I see about 20 patients in the office, at least 14 to15 are going to be women,” he said. “The first line of treatment is usually conservative exercise, elevation and compression stockings. If they have significant disease, we go ahead and order a reflux study or an ultrasound test." 

Today’s treatment of severe varicose veins is a minimally invasive, out-patient procedure that uses a laser or radio frequency heat to remove the vein.

Although varicose veins are more common in men than women and tend to show up as we age, everyone can take steps now to help reduce their risk of developing varicose veins. It is all about moving more and being active on a daily basis.

"Every time we exercise the blood goes through the veins much better,” said Dr. Raju. “There are actually studies showing that a sedentary lifestyle increases the pressure in the veins and actually gives you varicose veins."