Vein Doctor Ken Hollis on Preventing Varicose Veins with Exercise

Vein Doctor Ken Hollis on Preventing Varicose Veins with Exercise
December 18 08:07 2018 Print This Article

What are varicose veins?

Every vein has a series of valves that help in the process of circulation. For a number of reasons, these valves can become faulty, allowing blood to backflow or pool in the vein. This pooling creates the condition known as varicose veins. Varicose veins appear swollen and twisted, often with a bluish tinge. While they are unsightly, they are not life-threatening in and of themselves. However, they can cause discomfort and, most importantly, they can be a symptom of other health conditions.

Any vein can become varicose, but in most cases varicose veins are found in the lower body, especially the legs. When you are standing, blood has to be pumped upwards, against the force of gravity. This extra work puts stress on the valves in those veins and leads to a higher possibility of the valves being weakening and the veins becoming varicose.

Don’t just sit (or stand) there!

Much of our modern lifestyle involves sitting still. We sit in front of computers at work. We sit in traffic. We sit and watch television to relax after our day.

Other people work in jobs where they are required to stand in place for hours at a time. Think of the assembly line worker standing while parts go by, the teacher standing every day in front of the class, or the medical professional always up on his or her feet. Not only is this stillness a source of aching feet, it can increase the risk of varicose veins.

When the body is in motion, blood circulates more effectively. The movement of the muscles aids in pushing blood through the vein and up the legs. For this reason, if you have to stand or sit still for a long period during the day, try to move around for a few minutes every thirty minutes or so.

Don’t get weighed down!

Being overweight or obese is a chronic issue in the United States. Carrying extra weight can lead to many different medical problems, including an increased risk of varicose veins. The added weight just makes it that much more difficult for the blood to circulate, which can lead to pooling.

For this reason, vein doctors along with every other doctor, recommend maintaining a healthy weight through diet and exercise. You will also feel better and be healthier in general. Not only can you prevent varicose veins, you can lower your risk for other heart and circulatory problems.

Doctor Hollis and Metro Vein Centers Can Help.

While staying in motion can help prevent varicose veins, there is no guarantee that you will never have them. Sometimes the valves in your veins naturally weaken with age. Family history can also be a contributing factor.

If you are in the Houston area and have concerns about varicose veins, come see Vein Doctor Ken Hollis who can examine your case and suggest possible treatments. At Metro Vein Centers, we specialize in minimally invasive treatments to treat and remove varicose veins such as radiofrequency ablation, endovenous laser ablation, and sclerotherapy. Most procedures are done right in our offices and have short recovery times. Whether it is varicose veins or other signs of vein disease, the vein doctors at Metro Vein Centers can help.

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