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Duke Medicine: Does crossing legs cause varicose veins?

Posted September 26, 2011

Whether to be polite or just for comfort, sitting with crossed legs is a common habit. Does this posture increase your chance of developing varicose veins?

“Some people have speculated that crossing your legs could compress veins in the calf, resulting in increased vein pressure and varicose veins," says Duke vein doctor Eric Mowatt-Larssen.

But does it really cause them? Read the original article on for the answer and more information about varicose veins and how to prevent them. Duke Medicine, Go Ask Mom's sponsor, offers health information and advice every Tuesday.

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  • albegadeep Sep 27, 2011

    As the referenced article clearly states, the answer to the headline is simply no. WRAL, could you please not ask us to go to other websites just to read what should have been in your article? By all means, have us go there for the full explanation; but this article just seems to be a way to direct traffic to them.