New Year’s resolutions for Your Vein Health
With the New Year just around the bend, many of us are thinking about what we want to accomplish and possibly change in the coming year. Improved health and wellness is on many, if not most, of our New Year’s resolutions lists. Over half of women and just under that of men have venous disease, with its biggest risk factor being genetics. If you have a family member with varicose veins, you will likely be affected by it. Luckily, there are a few items you can add to your New Year’s lifestyle changes to help your vein health.
Nutrition and Exercise Goals for Vein Health
Varicose veins are not simply a cosmetic issue. They cause dull aches, swelling and leg fatigue, as well as cramping and itchiness near the bulging veins. More serious symptoms include skin discoloration, severe dryness, ulcers and dangerous blood clots called deep vein thrombosis. These veins typically develop as a result of poor circulation. Your diet can boost circulation and potentially prevent varicose veins or reduce their appearance and symptoms.
There are many benefits to reducing your intake of sodium, for one, salt causes the body to retain water, which triggers excess blood to circulate the body. The increased blood volume places pressure on the veins and can lead to the formation of varicose veins or the worsening of existing ones. Like salt, sugar can cause fluid retention. Too much sugar causes your body to release insulin, which interferes with the release of sodium from the body. As with consuming too much salt, this causes the body to retain water.
Concerning blood circulation, the muscles of the leg act as a pump of sorts. Using the leg muscles for assistance, one way valves in vein walls push blood up the leg, back to the heart. Starting a walking or jogging routine will increase movement in these muscles. Bicycling is also a less straining exercise that helps blood flow. If you haven’t yet received treatment for varicose veins, it is wise to use compression stockings while performing cardio exercises. Leg lifts and calf raises could also be added to your exercise regime to strengthen the leg muscles.
Stopping the Effects of Smoking
We know we aren’t the first to tell you that smoking harms almost every single organ in the human body. The only way to prevent or stop smoking related venous disease is to never begin, or quit smoking. Lack of oxygen and added carbon monoxide from tobacco damages cells and valves in the vein walls. Smoking essentially narrows arteries, blocks vein cells and damages blood vessels. Veins in legs are the most under pressure and will be heavily affected by this type of damage. This harm from smoking cigarettes often makes itself apparent in the form of unattractive varicose veins and spider veins.
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a much more realistic risk for a smoker. DVT can lead to a pulmonary embolism. Which happens when DVT causes a blood clot that then breaks off, is transported through the circulatory system and becomes stuck in the lungs. This blood clot will block and prevent blood flow, potentially causing death.
The Right Kind of Relief
Alpha Vein Clinic in Las Vegas specializes in providing the most up to date and minimally invasive vein procedures. If you suffer from varicose veins, spider veins, aching, heavy, tired or restless legs, call Alpha Vein Clinic today. Bring in this New Year with a plan to have healthy veins. If you are experiencing symptoms of venous disease already, it’s important to seek a specialist’s opinion. Dr. Sassan Kaveh is our vein specialist and physician. He has extensive experience with and has successfully treated many different vein conditions. Dr. Kaveh can treat your veins and help you determine what lifestyle and dietary changes are necessary help keep your veins healthy after treatment. Let this new year be the year you are spider vein and varicose vein free! Let Alpha Vein Clinic help you keep your New Year’s resolutions! Call us today at 702-430- 7661 to make an appointment for an evaluation and consultation. Our caring staff will be there with you every step of the way.
Alpha Vein Clinic
Vein Clinic Las Vegas
3150 N. Tenaya Way Ste. 400
Las Vegas, NV, 89128
(702) 430 7661
Dr. Sassan Kaveh