Vein Health For A Better Life
As we mature, we face a variety of health challenges. One of the biggest challenges that active adults face is that of vein health. We at Metro Vein Centers want to share with you some tips on how to maintain healthy veins in your legs so that you can continue to enjoy a mobile, healthy and pain-free lifestyle.
Veins - How do they work?
Arteries carry blood from your heart to the tissues of your body, while veins carry blood back from your extremities to your heart. Veins must struggle against gravity and can grow weaker as we age. Veins distend and weaken when they are put under pressure. Veins have naturally occuring valves that prevent blood from flowing back towards the heart. When these veins start failing, venous insufficiency occurs.
What are Varicose Veins and Spider Veins?
Varicose veins are veins that are distended and warped by the backward flow created by failing vein valves. Several factors go into the creation of spider and varicose veins, including weight, recent pregnancy, hormonal factors, and standing or sitting for long periods of time. Spider veins are the early onset of varicose veins and are cosmetic in nature.
What are some ways that I can help to keep my veins healthy?
Some good ideas to help keep your legs and veins healthy are -
Walking is a great way to keep your legs healthy and help to prevent the appearance or reappearance of varicose veins. Walking 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week is a fun and healthy way to keep your leg veins healthy and your body strong.
Staying hydrated is essential for body and vein health. The Mayo Clinic recommends drinking about 8 glasses of water over the course of a day. This can vary based on your diet.
Moderating salt intake
Taking in too much salt increases blood pressure and causes other health problems. Moderating salt intake is a generally healthy move. You can moderate salt intake by cutting back on fried and salty foods, eating more uncooked fruits and vegetables, and increasing your fiber intake.
Elevating your legs
Combined with exercise, elevating your legs can relieve pain and help with circulation. This reduces pressure on veins and helps blood circulate.
Compression stockings hold the veins in and helps to relieve pain for already existing varicose veins. These assist with circulation as well and help when walking.
Compression socks are used to lessen the chance of getting Deep Vein Thrombosis
Avoiding high heels and tight hosiery
As opposed to compression stockings which are designed to assist vein health, high heeled shoes and tight hosiery can interfere with circulation. Further, high heels cause the legs to extend and be held in place, limiting movement and circulation. While these can be worn in moderation, getting exercise in sensible athletic shoes
What are the next steps I can take?
We at Metro Vein Centers feel that working with your physician is the best way to maintain good health overall. A sensible diet, exercise plan and reasonable footwear will go a long way to keeping your legs looking and feeling great.
Do you want more information about vein health and treatment options? Call us at 866-639-4109 and we’ll be glad to help!