[LISTEN] Advances In Varicose Veins

May 27, 2015 - 3:05 pm

Did Grandma ever say sitting with your legs crossed could cause varicose veins? Perhaps Grandma herself had the unsightly roadmap on her legs after years of overlapping her own limbs.

Attending Vascular Surgeon Dr. John Cooper of Deborah Heart and Lung Center says while you could blame Grandma for a genetic predisposition for venous disease, there’s no scientific evidence that sitting with crossed legs will heighten your risk. Rather, too much sitting – i.e. inactivity – is a bigger contributor than how you sit, along with factors such as obesity, gender, age, pregnancy, work requiring long periods of standing, and a history of blood clots.