Can varicose veins be prevented?

Although factors like hereditary, obesity and others impact varicose veins, there's no real way to prevent them, says Eddy Luh, MD, FACS from Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center, in this video.
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If you are prone to varicose veins, have a strong family history, are pregnant, or stand for long periods of time, consider wearing support hose. There are now fashionable versions that no longer resemble your grandmother's stockings.

Avoid wearing high heels for prolonged periods of time; this will aggravate the condition. Raise your legs when sitting down.
Varicose veins cannot be prevented, however if you develop varicose veins various things can help prevent or slow down the progression of the varicosities including regular exercise and activity, avoiding significant weight gain and elevating your legs while sitting for long periods of time. Also, using custom fit compression stockings can help with the symptoms associated with varicose veins and potentially slow the progression of varicose veins.

Unfortunately, varicose veins cannot be prevented. However, you can reduce your risk by taking some steps. Healthy lifestyle activities such as exercising, controlling your weight, and eating a balanced diet can make a difference. In addition, not wearing tight clothing or high heels and alternating sitting and standing also reduce your risk. Finally, sitting with your feet elevated periodically also aids your circulation reducing your risk of varicose veins.

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Spider Veins and Varicose Veins

Large twisted blue or purplish veins visible at the skins surface are known as varicose veins. Any vein in your body can become varicose but it usually occurs in the legs and feet due to the pressure the lower body endures to keep ...

your body upright. It is caused by the weakening of the valves and veins in your legs. Varicose veins are usually hereditary. We are also more prone to get varicose veins as we age. Symptoms include itching, burning, throbbing or cramping in the legs and around the veins. Self-care measures such as exercising, elevating your legs, and wearing compression stockings are used to ease the pain and prevent varicose veins from getting worse. If these measures dont work, see your doctor to discuss medical treatments that are available to close or remove varicose veins.

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