Excess weight is one of the most common conditions people with venous disease exhibit. This symptom itself does not cause venous disease, but the causes of excess weight often coincide with the causes of venous disease. By better understanding how these two causes align with these conditions, we believe that patients will be more capable of successfully seeking long-term treatment for venous disease. This will help improve the current condition of any venous conditions, and prevent future incidents from occurring.
Understanding What Leads to Excess Weight
There are many factors that contribute to the development of excess weight. These include:
- A lack of regular exercise
- A diet high in fats and/or carbohydrates
- Excess water retention
- Genetic and hormonal disorders
- Insufficient nutrient intake
These factors are dangerous because they can lead towards a long list of conditions in the body. The excess weight is only the tip of the proverbial iceberg in this case. Some conditions stemming from the above causes of excess weight include:
- Circulatory problems
- Clotting of the blood in the veins
- Excess water in the blood
- Increased blood pressure
- Problems where the vein valves fail to function correctly
- Water retention in the legs or arms
The reason these symptoms intersect with venous disease revolves around the fact that they tend to increase blood pressure within the veins. This may be done locally, such as within the legs, due to a damaged valve, or throughout your entire body.
The Link Goes Both Ways
One of the more effective and practical ways of treating venous disease revolves around treating the factors that led to the development of excess weight gain. This means changing your diet to a healthier, more nutritious one, and undergoing a regular exercise regimen. These two simple changes can drastically reduce the pressure placed upon a person’s veins, which in turn can lead to the remission of conditions like spider veins and varicose veins.
The idea is to treat as many treatable symptoms before exploring other means of treating the symptoms of venous disease. This is the only way to prevent venous disease from recurring after a patient has undergone treatments like sclerotherapy.
Treating the Symptoms of Venous Disease
The last major step in treating venous disease is looking at ways to treat the individual symptoms of venous disease. You will generally be advised to opt for non-surgical treatments if your venous disease is moderate or more widespread. Compression socks and wraps may be an effective way to manage these symptoms.
More permanent solutions involve the destruction of problematic veins. Sclerotherapy is reserved for smaller veins that can be “blocked”, which in turn restricts blood flow and allows the affected vein to be absorbed by the body. Other treatments also exist, such as laser ablation, radiofrequency ablation and more.
To determine the best way to manage your venous disease, schedule a consultation with the South Texas Vein Institute in Edinburg. We can use our experience to help you find the perfect treatment for your venous conditions. Contact our office today to book your appointment.