Can Varicose Veins be Prevented?
While Western Reserve Varicose Vein Institute is here to effectively and cosmetically remove varicose veins if you should need it done, maybe it isn't yet a problem. What can you do lessen your chances of developing varicose veins?
According to the Mayo Clinic (link to https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/varicose-veins/symptoms-causes/syc-20350643), varicose veins are caused by age, gender, family history, obesity, and standing for long periods of time. We can't do much in our current technological age about our DNA, which includes age, gender, and family history. If DNA eventually causes issues with the veins in your legs, Dr. Protain and staff are here to help. We can, however, work to maintain a healthy weight. The heavier a person is, the more pressure is exerted against the vascular system, which can over time cause vessels in the legs to weaken.
A manageable risk factor of developing varicose veins is standing for long periods of time. People who have jobs like in manufacturing or retail that require them to stand for the duration of a shift still have options. While not at work, especially while sleeping, try keeping your legs elevated higher than your heart. This takes all the pressure off leg veins and allows the body some time to recuperate. At work, you can request an anti-fatigue mat to absorb some of the pressure while you're standing at a cash register or a machine. As often as possible during the work day, do stretches that relieve pressure on your calves, thighs, and hips. If you are greatly concerned about developing varicose veins and are beginning to develop symptoms, ask your doctor about compression stockings/socks.
You might implement all of these prevention strategies and do all the work to maintain your perfect weight yet still develop unsightly varicose veins. You can valiantly take all the responsibility to stave off the development of varicose veins, but eventually your best efforts might not be enough. After all, we really can only work so much against our DNA. Please keep in mind that there are other complications that develop in addition to the appearance of varicose veins. What you see on the surface might be a predictor of skin ulcers, blood clots, or bleeding. Yes, varicose veins can become so weak that those close to the surface of your skin can rupture. Please let your doctor monitor any vein developments in your legs, as well as the rest of your body, and let Dr. Protain and staff at the Western Reserve Varicose Vein Institute help you keep your legs healthy and looking great.