epidemiology of vein disease

Chicagoland Vein Lectures 101: Risk Factors for Vein Disease

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So, you’ve decided to stick with Chicagoland Vein Blog on this journey to explore the strange and interesting world of vein disease. I thank you. I’m blogging from Vein Blog Central, our modern, comfortable office space located in Northbrook…conveniently located…ironically for a “vein” clinic…between the two main North Shore “arteries” of the Edens Expressway and I-294. Dr. Dave is here to guide you through the tortuous, labyrinthine world of varicose veins. Speaking of tortuous…why are varicose veins all tortuous, serpiginous, bulgy and twisty? Where do they come from? Who gets them? What can be done about them? All these questions can and will be answered but the road to the answer will be, appropriately, full of twists and turns. Today we will focus on the epidemiology of venous disease. Who Gets Varicose Veins? If you have them, you are certainly not alone. More than 80 million Americans suffer from some form of venous disorder. 25% of women and 15% of men suffer from symptomatic varicose veins. Up to 55% of American women may be affected by vein disease during their lifetime. The same can be said for about 25% of men. Risk Factors Some of the most current data available stems from the San Diego Population Study which enrolled over 2,000 patients and was carried out between 1994-1998. Here is some data you may find interesting: 1. Age: Patients who are 70-79 have twice the prevalence of venous disease vs those aged 40-49 and 4 times the prevalence of significant skin changes associated with chronic disease. However, we often see patients in their 20’s and 30’s with significant superficial venous disease. So, clearly, other factors than age must be at work. 2. Family history: This can be a factor in over 80% of patients with varicose veins…so choose your parents wisely! 3. Long periods of standing/sitting…a higher number of hours correlates with a higher incidence of chronic venous disease. Obviously, certain careers require more standing then others…waitress, teacher,bank teller,barrista… to name a few…and these fields have a higher number of members who develop chronic venous disease. 3. Hormonal factors: during […]