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Vein Resolutions: The Start of a Healthy Lifestyle

The beginning of a new year prompts us all to make resolutions for personal development.
We believe focusing on your overall health is a great way to prevent varicose veins and spider veins. Often times, resolutions are too ambitious without a plan. However, making realistic and simple resolutions with a concrete plan is the key to consistency, while achieving your health goals. Explore our simple New Year vein resolutions to ensure sure your veins are healthy for years to come.

At Via Vascular, we want to make sure all of our current and prospective clients lead a healthy and vein disease free lifestyle. Keep your vein resolutions concise and simple. To get you started, here is an example:

NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS:

  1. Get Healthier Veins
  2. Get Fit
  3. Lastly: Enjoy Your Life!

To achieve these vein resolutions, we have some simple ideas and solutions to keep you on the right track!

BMI > 35

A healthier lifestyle equals healthier veins! Paying attention to your BMI (Body Mass Index) is an excellent way to monitor your health. Also, maintaining a BMI of 35 or less is the target goal. Add that with elevating the legs for at least 20 mins daily. Calf-pump muscle exercises to help improve muscle strength, ankle flexibility, and overall health. These exercises are also designed to strengthen the muscles in the legs. They will ultimately help veins pump blood flow back to the heart.

Compression Socks

Problems develop in veins when the walls are stretched and blood begins to pool in the legs. Whether from genetics, pregnancy or work that requires an excessive amount of sitting or standing, your veins may be at risk. Wearing compression socks is one easy solution to improve vein health. Compression socks give veins support and allow for blood to return to the heart more easily. You can find compression socks at local pharmacies, sports equipment stores, online, in various styles and color options. Plus, some have found that wearing compression socks/stockings have vastly improved their symptoms and did not need further treatment. If problems do persist, contact Via Vascular for vein treatments that will best assist your needs.

Be Proactive

Symptoms of venous disease should not be overlooked. If checked by a professional early on, the root of the vein problem can be discovered.  If ignored, these symptoms can later develop into spider or varicose veins that will require proper treatment. Even if you remain healthy and utilize compression socks, the symptoms may only be alleviated, but not cured. Here at Via Vascular, we are specialized in treating both spider and varicose veins. Catching the signs early on can save you from serious complications in the future.

About Via Vascular

Via Vascular is a leader in the treatment of varicose and spider veins. We provide excellent solutions through treatments like endovenous laser treatment and microphlebectomy. Our procedures are minimally invasive with no required hospital time. For more information or to set up an appointment, please call us at (206) 525-8346 or contact us online here.


5 Common Spider Vein Myths

Spider veins occur due to weakened or damaged veins. They show up as blue and purple veins that branch out around parts of the body, such as the legs. However, there are many misconceptions about spider veins and how to treat them. Here is our list of five common spider vein myths. Find out if you are a candidate for spider vein treatment at Via Vascular today.

Spider Vein Myth #1 – Cosmetically Unappealing But Harmless

While this is true in some cases, this is not always a fact. Sometimes spider veins are a symptom of a much more critical vascular issue. Symptoms of spider veins include itching and burning. They can quickly become more than just a simple cosmetic blight. Similarly to varicose veins, spider veins can also cause blood to back up. It prohibits the easy flow of blood.

Spider Vein Myth #2 – Age Is the Issue

Some believe that spider veins are just a part of the natural aging process. However, there are many different factors for the presence of spider veins. Most cases of spider veins are hereditary, and so it is in one’s genes to obtain spider veins. Other factors that can cause spider veins are sun exposure, obesity, and an inactive lifestyle. If you have a job that either requires you to stand or sit for long hours at a time, then this can also be a risk for spider veins. Make sure to take breaks and exercise whenever possible. This will help keep the blood flowing through your legs, which can help prevent spider veins from occurring.

Spider Vein Myth #3 – Only Women Are at Risk

While women are at a higher risk than men, around 45% of men will develop a venous disease by the time they reach their 60s. They have an equal hereditary risk to women, and an inactive lifestyle can increase the likelihood of spider veins to occur. While it is less common for men to develop spider veins than women, it is still important to lead an active lifestyle in order to lessen the chances of developing a venous deficiency.

Spider Vein Myth #4 – There’s No Difference Between Spider Veins and Varicose Veins

While both spider and varicose veins are a sign of a venous deficiency, this does not mean they were caused in the same way. Varicose veins are thick, bulging cords along the lower legs that show a more intense form of venous deficiency. Spider veins, on the other hand, can be caused by too much exposure to the sun or hormonal fluctuations as one might experience when pregnant. Regardless, both should be considered serious, and one should seek treatment for any form of venous deficiency.

Spider Vein Myth #4 – Surgery Is the Only Treatment Option

Surgery used to be the only form of treatment for spider veins, but now there is a new form that is minimally invasive and requires no hospital stay. At Via Vascular, we use sclerotherapy to treat spider veins. It involves injecting a sclerosant solution into the veins in order to create easy blood flow. It is a relatively painless procedure that may only cause a slight itching or burning sensation. Some patients do experience slight discomfort or tenderness after the procedure. However, the procedure does not require any sedation, and patients can even return to work after their procedure. Consider contacting Via Vascular today to discuss a treatment plan for your spider veins.

About Via Vascular

Via Vascular is a leader in the treatment of varicose and spider veins. Our state-of-the-art spider veins treatment with sclerotherapy provides instant relief from symptoms. Our procedures are minimally invasive with no required hospital time. For more information or to set up an appointment, please call us at (206) 525-8346 or contact us online here.


Careers That Affect Your Chances of Developing Varicose Veins

Varicose veins can be an aesthetic and/or painful problem for those who have them. As many have a predisposition to developing varicose by genetics and gender, your career path and lifestyle can have a direct effect on your vein health. Specifically, jobs that require constant standing or prolonged amounts of time sitting will delay blood flow in one’s legs increasing the chances of developing varicose veins. Read on to discover the four careers that can put you at high risk for varicose veins and vein disease.

Factory Jobs

Factory jobs require workers to stand at an assembly for numerous hours throughout the day. This can create tension and put stress on the legs. Moreover, one may experience restless leg syndrome, muscle cramps, and the development of spider veins.

Office Jobs

Those with desk jobs ranging from web developers, administrators, graphic designers, etc. can experience diminished circulation by sitting down all day.  When circulation starts to suffer, blood can start to collect in the veins, which will heighten the risk of varicose veins.

Nurses

Nurses spend most of their day on their feet when assisting doctors or providing help around the hospital. Also, nurses work longer shifts than the average 9-5 worker. Lengthened work hours and constant standing can eventually result in developing venous disease.

Flight Attendants

Flight attendants have the responsibility of making sure passengers are safe and assisted, while standing for prolonged periods of time. With a limited area to work with and a centered focus on customer care, flight attendants have more difficulty taking walks or other actions to prevent varicose vein development.

Preventative Measures

If you are in a career path that matches the ones above, there are simple solutions to reduce the risk of developing any sort of vein disease:

  1. Take short walks every hour or whenever you get the chance to take a break for those who sit all day. If your job requires you to stand all day, do the opposite and rest seated whenever a break is given.
  2. Wear compression socks- they are tight socks or stockings that help boost circulation and prevent blood from pooling in the veins.
  3. Foot wear is important- refrain from wearing heels and wear shoes that have cushion and support.
  4. Exercise and paying attention to your body will improve your health and promote good circulation.

How Via Vascular Treats Your Varicose Vein Symptoms

With state of the art treatments like endovenous laser treatment and microphlebectomyVia Vascular provides excellent solutions for the treatment of your varicose veins. Our procedures are minimally invasive, and no hospital time is required. These procedures are an alternative to more invasive surgeries for your varicose veins and spider veins. For more information or to set up an appointment, please call us at (206) 525-8346 or contact us online here.


Three Times in Life to be Attentive to your Veins

Each year, over 80 million Americans are affected by vein disease. If left untreated, vein disease can potentially develop into varicose veins, which are enlarged veins resulted from a misdirection of blood that can cause overall pain throughout the entire body. Here at Via Vascular, we understand the importance of vein health and offer different solutions to treat vein diseases. Read on to figure out when it is appropriate to pay close attention to your veins to live a healthy life.

  1. Family History of Vein Disease

Do varicose veins run through the family? Family history and genetics alone are the most important factors that can indicate whether or not one is at risk of having vein disease. If vein disease does run through your family, check veins for any sort of discoloration, bulging, and/or pain.  Pay attention to these small signs. Being proactive could help identify anything problematic before it worsens. Beyond inherited genes, environmental influences such as bad family health habits can also be a cause of vein disease.

  1. Standing vs Sitting All Day

Another way varicose veins can form is through stress placed on the veins. For those who work constantly on their feet, you are at risk of adding immense pressure on veins. Similarly, desk-bound jobs can result to poor blood circulation throughout the legs. As a result, this causes veins to perform excessive effort to pump blood to the heart. Solution: take necessary breaks at work. Depending on whether you stand or sit most often at work, relax or move your legs.

  1. During or After Pregnancy

While the myth of pregnancy causing varicose is false, it can provoke any existing conditions and potentially upsurge the chances if you are already susceptible to having vein disease.  Also, 15% of women end up developing varicose veins during pregnancy near the start of the second trimester. Reasons that varicose veins can be affected by pregnancy are hormone levels, lowered blood circulation, and surplus volumes of blood. During pregnancy, make sure to identify any pain or new veins on the body and pay close attention to their state after delivery.

About Via Vascular

Via Vascular can help you decide if you are a candidate for vein disease treatment, and can inform you about the different types and phases of vein treatments offered. If you are unsure about varicose vein or spider vein symptoms or procedures, contact Via Vascular. Find out more information and make an appointment today by calling Via Vascular at (206) 525-8346 or by filling out our online contact form.

 


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