1. Cut Back On Your Sitting
Long bouts of either sitting or standing can add to your risk of varicose veins. During these periods of time, blood pools in the veins and the added pressure causes the vein to stretch. Over time the weakened veins give way and the valves stop working making it more difficult for the heart to pump the blood back through the body. To avoid this condition, take note of how much time you spend either sitting or standing. You might consider creating small break reminders to your day so that you can intentionally switch your position from sitting to standing or vice versa.
2. Lose Weight
Obesity is a common factor in those who have varicose veins. The extra body weight a person carries places extra stress on the legs making it more difficult for the veins to function properly. In addition to the weight itself, obese patients are often less active and suffer from high blood pressure, both of which are risk factors for varicose veins. If you’re concerned about your weight and how it might lead you toward varicose veins, be sure to speak with your cardiologist first before you begin any new diet or exercise plan. Some exercises may worsen your symptoms.
3. Get Checked Out Regularly
Varicose veins don’t pop up out of nowhere. Early signs include throbbing, cramping, itching, and swelling in your legs. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms (especially if you are overweight or have a history of vein conditions in your family) take this opportunity to reach out to your cardiologist to determine what these symptoms mean and how best to treat your condition. Regular medical care is the best way to detect symptoms before they become a serious issue.
While these three tips may help some people avoid varicose veins, the fact is that many with genetic predisposition for vein disorders may not be able to avoid them at all. Not to worry, Vein Ablation is a common and non-invasive procedure that will treat your varicose vein issues for good. For more information about protecting the health of your veins, or to meet with one of our cardiologists, contact us today.