Living in a high-altitude city is not a direct risk factor for varicose veins. Varicose veins are primarily caused by weakened or damaged valves that allow blood to flow back, leading to varicose veins.
However, some studies have suggested that living at high altitudes may increase the risk of developing varicose veins due to the lower atmospheric pressure, which can reduce blood oxygen levels and increase blood vessel dilation.
As a well-known expert in the field of varicose veins, Dr.Smile explained: “The change of atmospheric pressure does change the balance of transmural pressure of veins, which theoretically can increase the risk of varicose veins.”
Other factors that can increase the risk of developing varicose veins include genetics, age, obesity, pregnancy, a sedentary lifestyle, a history of blood clots, smoking, and prolonged standing or sitting.
“There is not enough evidence to suggest that varicose veins are more common at higher altitudes, possibly because there are many factors contributing to varicose veins.” Dr.Smile said.
He recommends the following main measures to prevent varicose veins：
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding smoking, and taking breaks to move around if you have a job that requires prolonged sitting or standing.
Dr. Smile Medical Group is the largest chain of vein centers in Asia, founded in 2014 and headquartered in Shanghai. With a presence in 13 cities across China, including Beijing, Guangzhou, and Shanghai, the group has established itself as a pioneer in the use of cutting-edge technology for the diagnosis and treatment of various types of varicose veins. Dr. Smile’s personalized approach includes a hemodynamic assessment and a focus on different types of varicose veins, ensuring that each patient receives customized treatment. The group is also responsible for the CHIVA global certification and training program, demonstrating its dedication to excellence in the field of venous care. With thousands of patients treated every year, Dr. Smile has become a leading authority in the field, and its experts are regularly invited to participate in CME and global venous forums to share their expertise and insights with fellow practitioners.