There are two main types of venous disease: poor blood flow or venous insufficiency and thrombosis or blood clots. Varicose veins, spider veins and swollen ankles are the most common signs of venous insufficiency. While they may not pose a serious health issue at first, if they are not treated, they may develop into severe problems. During a consultation with our specialist at the South Texas Vein Institute, your venous issues may be diagnosed and the proper treatment recommended. Fortunately, there are a few simple ways to improve your venous health.
To improve venous health, you need to improve overall blood circulation. The veins carry the oxygen-depleted blood from the organs and muscles back to the lungs and heart to be re-oxygenated. Any activity that inhibits this blood flow may cause venous problems. For example, if you sit or stand for long periods, the blood flow can be compromised.
Standing for long periods may put pressure on the heart to pump the blood in the legs against gravity. As time passes, the vein walls become distended and the valves in the veins that help push the blood along become weak and do not close properly, allowing the blood to flow backwards and pool in the vein. This causes the veins to stretch and swell becoming varicose veins that can be seen beneath the surface of the skin.
Sitting for long periods blocks circulation and inhibits blood flow. If you need to sit for long periods in your work, it is recommended to get up and walk around for five minutes every hour. Any exercise will help move the blood.
Obesity is another cause of venous insufficiency. Excess weight puts pressure on the veins in the legs and makes it hard for the heart to keep the blood moving. Eventually, varicose veins may form.
Compression stockings are one of the most efficient ways to improve venous health. Our specialist can help you choose the right compression stockings for your venous issues. Compression stockings put gentle pressure on your ankles, feet and calves. The pressure is graduated to help the muscles keep the blood moving so it does not pool in the veins. There are many different kinds of compression stockings, which is why it is important to get the right one.
Heredity is the most common cause of venous insufficiency, but even if you cannot avoid venous issues, there are a few things you can do to make your veins less troublesome:
• Regular exercise is very important, even if it is simply walking for 30 minutes several times a week.
• Whenever possible, try to elevate your legs to help the blood flow. It is recommended to do it for 10 to 15 minutes every day.
• Try not to sit with your legs crossed.
• Hemorrhoids are varicose veins. To lessen the risk of developing hemorrhoids, you can avoid constipation by eating a diet that is high in fiber.
One of the simplest ways to improve your venous health is to consult our specialist at the South Texas Vein Institute in Edinburg. After a proper diagnosis, any treatment, medication, stockings or lifestyle changes may be recommended. Contact us today to schedule your consultation to learn more.