The risk of varicose veins in standing female workers

Tony Hidayat, Zarni Amri, Dewi Sumaryani Soemarko

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Abstract

Background: Varicose veins often occur in employees who have to work in a position of standing work. The purpose of this study to determine risk factors for varicose veins and leg or foot among women workers.
Methods: In this cross-sectional study in January-March 2010 the samples were selected purposively who met inclusion criteria among female workers who work in the position of standing work. Data were collected by interview, physical examination and observation of the position of standing work. To
determine the dominant factors for varicose veins, data processing was using relative risk approach. Results: A number 111 out of 152 employees worked in a lot of work standing position participated the
study, and who had varicose veins and leg or foot as was 52.3% (53 people). The majority of respondents aged 18-35 years, had total work period of 3-17 years, and worked in a lot of work standing position.
Those who had a family history of varicose veins were 13.5%, taking oral contraceptive were 11.71%, has a habit of exercise (18.0%), and high heels (11.7%). Age, use of oral contraceptives, use of high heels,
exercise habits, work standing position, place of work, and working period did not associate with varicose veins. Employees who had than did not have family history of varicose veins had 69% higher risk of
suffering from varicose veins [relative risk (RR) = 1.69, P = 0.121].
Conclusion: Employees who had family history of varicose veins had higher risk suffering varicose veins. (Health Science Indones 2013;1:47-50)
Original languageEnglish
JournalHealth Science Journal of Indonesia
Volume4
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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