⁠Understanding the Hereditary Aspect of Varicose Veins and Effective Treatments

Varicose veins, those swollen and twisted veins that often appear on the legs, can be more than just a cosmetic concern. For many individuals, they bring discomfort, pain, and even embarrassment. If you’ve noticed varicose veins in your family history, you may be wondering about the role of heredity in their development. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the hereditary aspect of varicose veins and explore effective treatment options to help you find relief and improve vein health.

The Hereditary Connection to Varicose Veins:

Yes, varicose veins can be hereditary. Research suggests that if one or both of your parents have varicose veins, you have a higher likelihood of developing them too. Specific genetic factors contribute to weakened vein walls and malfunctioning valves, disrupting the normal flow of blood and leading to the formation of varicose veins. While heredity increases the risk of developing these veins, lifestyle factors such as obesity, pregnancy, prolonged sitting or standing, and lack of exercise can also contribute to their development and severity.

Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms:

Varicose veins may appear as bulging, twisted veins that are visible just beneath the surface of the skin. In addition to their appearance, They can cause symptoms such as:

  • Aching or heaviness in the legs
  • Swelling in the lower legs or ankles
  • Cramping or throbbing sensations
  • Itching or burning around the affected veins
  • Discomfort worsened by prolonged standing or sitting

Interventional Radiology treatments:

Fortunately, several treatment options are available to manage varicose vein and improve vein health. The choice of treatment depends on factors such as the severity of symptoms, the presence of complications, and individual preferences. Here are some treatment options:

  1. Sclerotherapy: Sclerotherapy is a popular minimally invasive treatment , particularly for smaller veins and spider veins. During the procedure, a solution is injected directly into the affected veins, causing them to collapse and fade from view over time. Sclerotherapy is performed in-office and typically requires little to no downtime. Multiple sessions may be needed for optimal results, but many patients experience significant improvement in the appearance of their varicose veins after just a few treatments.
  2. Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA): Endovenous laser ablation, also known as laser therapy, is another minimally invasive option for treating varicose veins. This procedure involves the use of laser energy delivered through a thin catheter inserted into the affected vein. The laser heats and seals the vein shut, rerouting blood flow to healthier veins. EVLA is highly effective for treating larger veins and has a lower risk of complications compared to traditional surgical methods. Most patients can resume normal activities within a day or two after the procedure.
  3. Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA): Radiofrequency ablation is similar to EVLA but uses radiofrequency energy instead of laser energy to heat and close off the affected vein. Like EVLA, RFA offers a minimally invasive approach to treating varicose vein and has a high success rate. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia, and patients can typically return to normal activities shortly afterward. RFA is well-tolerated by patients and results in minimal discomfort.


While heredity may increase the risk of developing varicose veins, effective treatment options are available to manage this condition and improve vein health. Minimally invasive treatments offer patients effective relief from symptoms without the need for traditional surgery. If you’re experiencing discomfort or self-consciousness due to varicose veins, consult with our interventional neuroradiologist to explore your treatment options. With the right approach, you can enjoy healthier, more comfortable legs and regain confidence in your appearance.

About the Author:



DR. SURESH GIRAGANI CONSULTANT INTERVENTIONAL RADIOLOGIST at Apollo hospitals Jubilee Hills has more than sixteen years of clinical experience in vascular interventions with a special interest in neurovascular and peripheral vascular disease interventional procedures.


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