Varicose Vein Statistics and What It Means To You

  • 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 compared to women who are not overweight. Women with a BMI greater than 30 are three times as likely to develop varicose veins.

Sources:
ACP Microsite. Web. <http://www.healthyveins.org/>.
ACP Microsite. Web. <http://www.phlebology.org/>.