Checklist for Summer: Take Care of Varicose Veins

Good vein health is important all year round. However, we often forget about vein health until the summer months arrive. On the other hand, there are numerous ways to reduce and prevent vein issues such as varicose veins and spider veins. Here is an easy to follow checklist for summer that will help you take care of varicose veins.

Exercise More

Walking is the ideal exercise for vein issues. It increases blood circulation in your legs. Other cardiovascular exercises that are beneficial include swimming, bicycling, jogging and hiking.

Reduce your Weight

Getting rid of excess pounds will take a lot of pressure off your veins. For prevention, maintain a healthy weight. Consult a physician or vein specialist if you are unsure how much you should weigh. Your physician may also suggest a healthy weight loss plan if you are overweight.

Watch your Diet

What you eat can also affect vein health. To prevent swelling, reduce salt intake, which may cause water retention. There are also certain foods high in bioflavonoids, which are proven to improve vein health and reduce swelling. Foods high in bioflavonoids are blueberries, cranberries, leafy greens and garlic.

Be Mindful of What you wear

Avoid clothing that can reduce circulation and blood flow such as high heels and tight fitting clothes around the legs and waist. Opt for less confined clothing and flat or low-heeled shoes.

Elevate your Legs

Elevating your legs above the level of your heart can greatly increase circulation. According to the Mayo Clinic, it is recommended that you take several short breaks throughout the day to raise your legs. Simply lie down and rest your legs on three to four pillows. You can also raise your legs in the evening while you sleep.

Avoid Prolonged Periods of Sitting and Standing

Long periods of stand or sitting can restrict blood flow. Conferring to WebMD, avoiding long periods of sitting and standing may reduce your symptoms and prevent varicose veins from getting worse. If standing or sitting for extended periods of time is unavoidable, it is recommended to wear compression stockings and stretch your legs often to encourage blood flow.

Atlanta Vascular & Vein Center

Even though venous conditions like varicose veins are irreversible, there are numerous techniques that support better vein health. At Atlanta Vascular & Vein Center, Amish Tilara, M.D. offers compassionate and specialized care for patients who suffer from severe vascular complications, pain due to vascular issues and the inability to perform normal daily activities.

Atlanta Vascular & Vein Center is situated in the historical town of Lawrenceville, GA and services the surrounding areas such as Duluth, Lilburn, Suwanee,  Grayson, Snellville, Buford, Dacula and Norcross.

Note: This article is not intended to replace any type of professional medical advice. If you have severe pain, are experiencing vascular problems or have questions or concerns about varicose veins, make an appointment at Atlanta Vascular & Vein Center with Amish Tilara, M.D.

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