Shorter People May Have Higher Risk of Varicose Veins

According to HealthDay News, how tall you are might play a part in whether you are unlucky enough to develop varicose veins, a new study suggests.

Every additional 4 inches in height increases your risk of varicose veins by about 25 percent, said researcher Dr. Erik Ingelsson, a professor of cardiovascular medicine with Stanford University School of Medicine.

“We have pretty robust evidence that height is actually causally related through genetics with increased risk of having varicose veins,” Ingelsson said, though the study did not definitively prove causality.

Varicose veins are swollen, twisted, gnarled veins that can be seen just below the surface of the skin. They are often dark purple or blue in color, and most frequently appear on the legs.

Varicose veins do not increase a person’s risk for heart attack or stroke, explained cardiologist Dr. Nieca Goldberg, medical director of NYU Langone’s Joan H. Tisch Center for Women’s Health in New York City.