How long does it take for varicose veins to progress?

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This is a loaded question as it can be different for every one.

But there are some metrics based on studies that have been done.

In Edinburgh Vein study they found that over 50% of patients with Chronic venous disease worsened over the course of 10 years. It was also noted that at the time, that over one third of those that had varicose veins would eventually develop skin changes and ultimately ulcer or wound formation.

Other risk factors like age, family history, weight, history of clots as well as which particular veins were involved significantly increased the risk again.

The reality is that once people notice their varicose veins, they tend to observe it more and watch them deteriorate. This could all happen within a 6 month to 1 year period. This is only human nature. Those that do not notice them and have no symptoms or even skin changes, may go many years with worsening veins externally, but not seeking treatment. Eventually when they do notice symptoms, they may then look for a solution.

 

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