Varicose Vein Prevention
Varicose vein prevention is an important step in preventing more dangerous venous diseases. To start the prevention process you must first know what varicose veins are and who is at risk for getting them. If you are at high risk for getting varicose veins, come meet with our doctors so you can get individualized attention on how to stop them from worsening or prevent varicose veins all together.
Varicose Vein Explanation
What Are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins usually occur in the legs and ankles. Caused by poor circulation, the blood that travels up your leg toward your heart cannot flow as freely as it should. When this happens, the blood collects in areas of the vein which causes the vein to become enlarged and swollen. This swollen vein is called a varicose vein. Varicose vein prevention is possible. Learn more about what causes varicose veins in the legs and how to treat varicose veins by visiting our varicose veins services.
What Are The Risk Factors of Varicose Veins?
Some people are prone to developing varicose veins than others, for instance, they are more common in women than they are in men. However, many actions that you do daily may be increasing your risk to develop varicose veins without you even realizing it. People with high risk levels should consult with a doctor for more individualized varicose vein prevention measures.
- Age is one of the main reasons varicose veins develop. As you get older, the veins lose elasticity and their ability to function as well as when you were younger.
- Heredity is the main reason for developing varicose veins in over 80% of cases. If you have a history of varicose veins in your family, you have a greater chance of developing them.
- Occupations that involve a lot of sitting or standing, such as nurses, hair stylists, teachers, and factory workers, are susceptible because blood doesn’t flow as well if you are in the same position for long periods of time.
- Being overweight puts extra pressure on the veins.
- The hormonal influences of pregnancy are associated with varicose veins because of the increase in blood volume during these times as well as the added weight and pressure of the growing uterus placing pressure on the veins.
- A history of blood clots
- Conditions that cause increased pressure in the abdomen, such as tumors, constipation, and garments like girdles.
Symptoms of Varicose Veins
Many people do not experience symptoms but if you regularly feel any of the symptoms below, you should consult a doctor.
- Aching or cramping
- Sensations such as itching or burning
- Heavy feeling
- Swollen legs
How to Prevent Varicose Veins
There are several simple steps that you can do every day to help reduce your chances of getting varicose veins. These are often little but important factors in varicose vein prevention.
- Exercising regularly, such as walking, is a good way to get the flood moving through the veins as well as reducing blood pressure.
- Losing weight will take away undue pressure on your veins.
- Eating a healthy diet can help lower cholesterol and reduce blood pressure.
- Do not cross your legs while sitting as this restricts blood flow.
- Changing your sitting or standing position regularly. If you do work in an occupation where you are in the same position for long periods, it is important to move around, walk and to sit during periods of time when you can.
- Elevate your feet and legs while sitting.
If you have several of the risk factors or symptoms for varicose veins, it’s a good idea to talk with a doctor about varicose veins prevention and treatment options. If you would like more information and would like to talk to a doctor about varicose vein prevention, schedule a free screening or call our offices at 801-748-0580 to schedule an appointment.
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