Risk Factors for Varicose Veins

As a board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Marvin Derrick routinely performs corrective surgery on patients with peripheral vascular disease. Dr. Marvin Derrick maintains a busy varicose vein treatment practice at Decatur Memorial Hospital, where he focuses on the use of minimally invasive interventions.

A common vascular issue that affects 30 to 60 percent of adults, varicose veins are more common in certain populations than others. They affect women two to three times as often as men, due to both the strong presence of the hormone progesterone in females, and the stress to the lower extremities caused by pregnancy. Age also plays a role. Most varicose veins appear when a person is between 30 and 70 years old. The walls of the veins weaken during this period, allowing veins to stretch if they are disposed to do so.

In addition, there is a genetic factor to varicose veins, although the particular link is unknown; at this time, all that scientists know is that a family history of the condition puts a person at greater risk. Lifestyle factors are also influential, with those who stand or sit for long periods of time, putting more pressure on their veins, at greater risk.

Lastly, obesity is known to have a causal role. This is because excess weight makes the veins work harder, increasing the pressure in them and weakening the valves that prevent blood from pooling.


American College of Surgeons to Host 2014 Clinical Congress

A board-certified cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon, Marvin Derrick, MD, presently serves as the director of Cardiothoracic Surgical Services at Decatur Memorial Hospital in Decatur, Illinois. An engaged member of his profession, Dr. Marvin Derrick has held memberships in the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery and was named a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is preparing to host its 2014 Clinical Congress, which is scheduled to take place October 26 through October 30, 2014, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. This annual conference will feature panel sessions, expert luncheons, presentations, and courses designed to increase surgeons’ skills and knowledge. Topics will include an update on the latest laparoscopic procedures; suggestions on how to manage conditions such as diverticulitis, ventral hernias, and complications in bariatric surgery; and an update on health care reform, among others.

Established in 1913, the ACS serves nearly 80,000 members worldwide. The organization is dedicated to improving the health care of critically ill patients, monitoring public policy that affects the surgical field, and ensuring that surgeons are kept abreast of the latest developments in the industry.