Problematic Veins: What you Need to Know
- Posted on: May 30 2016
Every spring, many women begin to fret about summertime and the choices they will have to face in terms of what to wear. When the weather heats up, we naturally want to trade long pants and boots for shorts and sandals. There may even be the chance to wear a bathing suit. In a normal situation, the idea of wearing more revealing clothing and shoes seems miniscule. To the person with varicose veins or spider veins, the idea of wearing shorts or skirts can be very daunting. At The Vein Clinic, we offer treatments that have been clinically proven to eliminate problematic veins. We also want to educate our patients on the facts regarding veins.
- Crossing your legs or wearing high-heeled shoes will not cause vein issues. Some of the greatest risk factors actually included sitting or standing for too long, smoking, fluctuating hormones, and obesity.
- Problem veins are hereditary. If you have spider veins or varicose veins, it is very likely that a family member does, as well. This problem may come from either side of the family, and may even skip generations.
- Varicose veins can affect men, too. Statistics do show that women account for up to 80% of vein patients. However, there are men who develop problematic veins, and who should seek treatment for their condition.
- Exercise promotes healthy veins. Walking is one of the best ways to stimulate healthy circulation, which in turn minimizes your risk of getting varicose veins. Also good are swimming and climbing stairs; so next time you’re going up, skip the elevator!
- The risk of varicose veins and spider veins increases during pregnancy. This is due to more than one factor. With pregnancy comes a variety of hormonal changes. The result of this is an increased capacity for blood within the veins. The softening of tissues can make it easier for blood to pool. Additionally, the growing fetus places pressure on the main vessel that facilitates circulation to the lower extremities.
One of the best pieces of information regarding problematic veins is that modern treatments are gentler and more precise. Often, no surgery is required to remove varicose veins. To schedule a consultation at The Vein Clinic, call (803) 253-8667.