Top 5 Things to Prevent or Delay Varicose Veins
Delay Varicose Veins & Keeping Pre-existing Varicose Veins from Getting Worse
There’s no fool-proof way to make sure you’ll never develop varicose veins. Over 50% of Americans over 50 are affected by this disease. However, you can delay varicose veins while keeping preexisting ones from getting worse.
Like most diseases, varicose veins develop out of some combination of genetic predisposition and lifestyle triggers.
Things that bring on Varicose veins that are out of your control are:
- A family history of VV. – your chances just went up by 75%
- Getting Older
Things you can do to help yourself
Number 1. Healthy Foods & Exercise
Maintain a healthy diet and fitness routine. Carrying around extra weight strains your veins and increases your likelihood of developing vein disease; while walking or jogging several times a week, will keep your leg muscles healthy for pumping your blood back to your heart.
Number 2. Take a break!
Standing or sitting for hours on end can be harmful to vein health. Why? Sitting for too long (especially with your legs crossed or knees bent) can cause your blood to pool in your legs. Standing makes your veins work harder. Some easy tips: don’t cross your legs! Every hour or so, shift your position; sit down if you’ve been standing, or elevate your feet whenever possible.
Number 3. Wear compression socks
Compression stockings or socks are unable to entirely prevent vein disease, as this is a genetic condition; however, these garments have been medically proven to slow progression of venous disease, as well as relief from uncomfortable sensations associated with varicose veins, such as burning, itching, and discomfort.
Vascular Compression stockings are graded and varied based on prescription. Wearing them makes can make a tremendous difference for patients with varicose veins, easing symptoms and promoting well-being.
4. Venoactive drugs or Vitamins
There are also venoactive drugs that have been proven scientifically to aid in vein health. Three groups of medicines that assist blood flow and vein health:
- Coumarins (α-benzopyrones) – USES: This medication is a blood thinner used to keep blood flowing smoothly and prevent the formation of blood clots.
- Flavonoids (γ-benzopyrones) – antioxidants that aid in cell function found in plants that reduces swelling and aids in cell regeneration – FDA approved Vasculera is dispensed by prescription and is available for use under a physician’s supervision. The purified diosmin (diosmiplex), a flavonoid that manages the body’s microcirulatory system works on the vein walls to avoid inflammatory damage. The inflammation in the vein walls is known to lead to swelling and leg pain that may affect the quality of life for patients.
- Other over the counter herbs. Such as horse chestnut seed extracts, saponosides, and other plant extracts.
5. Finally, see a vascular surgeon
A vascular specialist will be able to examine you thoroughly and painlessly for underlying venous circulation problems. By fixing your veins correctly, your blood will not back up and cause the blood pressure in your vein legs to increase which will leads to veins to swell, enlarging, and form varicose veins.
By going to the right specialist, you avoid being misdiagnosed by many medical doctors who did “weekend courses” on vein disease or have inappropriate or unneeded procedures performed by someone only being interested in financial gain.
Currently, there are many efforts underway to create and adopt guidelines for better quality and appropriate care. But it is still in the works. As of now, you will not find the proper oversite from any one agency. From the Medical Boards, Medicare, the State or the Federal Government, not one oversees venous care in the outpatient venous industry. Therefore, the only feedback there is on a particular doctor will be from patient complaints or documented fraud from Medicare or from some other issue that may threaten the license of that particular provider. And if this physician has complaints against his Medical license in a different state; it will be even more difficult to verify this physician.
The doctor that you finally chose must be of excellent character and proper training. Your Physician must provide the utmost quality, evidence-driven, and appropriate care.