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2014-12-16

4 Common Myths About Varicose Veins

Varicose veins can be a pesky and unsightly medical condition. There are many different misconceptions about how you get varicose veins and many tend to associate them with older individuals. But varicose veins can happen to anyone at any time! There are four common myths that many people associate with varicose veins: Only older people get varicose veins, men are not at risk for varicose veins, crossing your legs causes varicose veins and there is no way to prevent varicose veins.

Myth #1: “Only older woman get varicose veins, right?”

This assumption is false. According to MedicineNet.Com, varicose veins can occur in anyone regardless of gender or age. While older age and genetics play a role in the development of varicose veins, everyone can develop the condition including teens and young adults. Anyone who lives a sedentary lifestyle, has significant weight gain, prolonged standing or a pregnancy is at risk for varicose veins.

Myth #2: Men are not at risk for varicose veins

According to the Huffington Post, 25 percent of men suffer from varicose veins. Men tend to disregard their varicose vein symptoms until they become severe. It is important for men to know that seeking treatment or medical advice as soon as the veins start is crucial.

Myth #3: Crossing your legs causes varicose veins

Many studies have been done to prove the validity of this comment and Medical Daily examined the claim. The chance of developing varicose veins can be increased when additional pressure is put on the veins. This old wives’ tale came from the idea that crossing your legs applies additional pressure, which it does but not put nearly enough pressure on the legs to cause any noticeable changes.

Myth #4: There is no way to prevent varicose veins

While there is no surefire way to prevent varicose veins, there are a few things you can do to lessen your chances and slow down the process. MedicineNet.com explains that it is important to have periodic leg evaluations, avoid prolonged standing, and maintain a healthy weight.

Do you have varicose or spider veins? Trust the experts at Via Vascular. Our doctors offer minimally invasive spider vein treatment and varicose vein treatment in Seattle. Schedule an appointment today to find out if you are a candidate for treatment by calling Via Vascular at (206) 525-8346 or by filling out our online contact form.

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