Preventing Varicose Veins

Varicose and spider veins are swollen veins that typically appear in the lower legs and other areas of poor circulation. Although the causes are varied, including heredity, age, gender and occupation, several lifestyle factors may also be the culprit. Varicose veins form when constant pressure is put on the valves that regulate blood flow in the veins.

Prolonged standing or sitting, binding clothing and high heels may be contributing factors. Varicose veins affect four women to each man. Birth control or estrogen replacement therapy, menstrual cycle, and number of pregnancies may be factors that may be attributable to more women suffering from the disorder. Other causes may be prolonged constipation, obesity, sedentary lifestyle and heat.

There are many solutions that may lessen or prevent varicose veins. Daily exercise including walking, climbing stairs and swimming will work the muscles and increase the flow of blood, reducing pressure and pooling of blood.

If you are unable to exercise you may reduce risk by elevating your legs to keep your feet in a position above your heart. Flexing your ankles ten times every ten minutes to simulate walking will stimulate blood flow. Whenever possible, excessive standing or sitting should be avoided.

Maintaining an ideal body weight can also relieve pressure and stress put on your legs that is attributable to the distention of veins. Avoiding excess heat such as in the bath or hot tub is also advisable. The heat increases pressure leading to vein distention. Compression clothing such a support hose for the legs assists in putting counter pressure on the veins and aiding blood flow to the heart.

In case of a ruptured vein immediate pressure should be applied to the area and medical attention should be sought. Simple steps may reduce your risk of varicose veins.

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