Vein care is an often-overlooked part of our overall health. The body’s circulatory system ensures that every cell receives life-giving nourishment. However, too many lifestyle choices are not conducive to being healthy, and the results can be unsightly disorders or even severe concerns requiring medical or procedural intervention.
There are several been concerns that we see in our practice daily. These include
How Do I Prevent Vein Problems?
Your vein health is often a reflection of your overall health. And the most significant concerns revolve around proper lifestyle choices. Some of the most significant culprits increasing the risk of vein problems include:
Smoking. Smoking constricts the blood vessels throughout the body, making it more difficult for the heart to pump blood. Beyond causing problems with the blood vessels themselves, including atherosclerosis, smoking causes high blood pressure, leading to heart attack, stroke, and longer-term heart failure.
Diet. Improving your diet can reduce the risk of several vein-related disorders. Not only does eating healthier and losing weight, if necessary, allow for more efficient blood flow throughout the body, but maintaining normal body weight improves just about every marker of physical and psychological health.
Hydration. Staying hydrated keeps our blood at the appropriate viscosity to allow for the most efficient blood flow throughout the body. Dehydration can increase pressure in the blood vessels leading to cardiovascular issues and longer-term heart trouble.
Getting active. Unfortunately, the modern American lifestyle includes lots of sitting – whether at work or home. This can lead to unsightly discoloration, especially on the legs in the form of spider veins. It can also lead to more significant varicose veins or even deep vein thrombosis. Getting up and being more active is a great way to prevent this from happening.
What if I Already Have Vein Issues?
Here at The Heart House, we have a comprehensive vein center that includes complete diagnosis and treatment programs. We can handle even the most complex problems, from vein screenings to advanced treatments, including medication, compression stockings, and minimally invasive mean procedures.
We encourage you to make an appointment with one of our vein specialists, including naming the doctors who can get you back in top shape and put you on a nutrition and exercise program to make sure you stay there.