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Preventing Varicose Veins and Spider Veins

Via Vascular offers many proven treatment options for varicose veins and spider veins, but as with most issues in life, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Keep in mind while reading these prevention tips that not everyone who is predisposed to varicose or spider veins will be able to prevent them. Your genetics, age and gender, as well as states of health like obesity, pregnancy or venous conditions, all play an important role in your likelihood of getting varicose or spider veins.

Wear Sunscreen

The benefits of wearing sunscreen to prevent skin cancer are well-known, but did you know that according to, wearing sunscreen can limit the appearance of spider veins on your face as well? While wearing sunscreen is a good habit for anyone, it’s especially important for those who work outdoors or are otherwise active outside.

Exercise Regularly & Manage Your Weight

Regular exercise has numerous benefits, including helping to keep you in a healthy weight range, warding off disease and improving strength and circulation in your legs. Walking, running and other exercises that work your legs can help improve vein strength, help prevent varicose veins or reduce discomfort in people who have varicose veins, explains. Controlling your weight will also reduce pressure on your legs.

Elevate Your Legs

If you’re going to be sitting for a long period of time, try to elevate your legs as much as possible to improve circulation. Break up long periods of sitting with a brief walk every 30 minutes or so. Another good occasion to elevate your legs is while sleeping.

Avoid Certain Clothing, Shoes

Tight or restrictive clothing that constricts your waist, groin or legs can restrict blood flow in your veins. Instead, wear elastic support stockings or compression stockings to improve vascular health in your legs. Also, avoid wearing high heels for hours on end and substitute low-heeled shoes to tone the muscles of your calves and improve blood flow, notes.

Eat a Low-Salt/High-Fiber Diet

A diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains that is low in salt can help reduce swelling and contribute to your overall health (including your vascular health).

About Via Vascular

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

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