The Role of Exercise in Your Vein Health

Conditions such as Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI), venous leg ulcers, and varicose veins are often thought of as a byproduct of aging or poor health. The truth is that varicose veins can occur due to underlying health conditions but they also develop in healthy individuals, even athletes.

Fit Folks and Varicose Veins

You may be moderately active or a dedicated athlete. Either way, if you have CVI and varicose veins in your genes, you are predisposed to the condition. There are a handful of vein disease risk factors such as certain lifestyle choices and/or health conditions that can also contribute to the development of varicose veins; but your genetic makeup is the main risk factor. If one of your parents has varicose veins, you have a 33% chance of developing them and a 90% chance if both of your parents have varicose veins.

Varicose veins are commonly considered a cosmetic concern, that is until the uncomfortable symptoms set in. Your swollen veins can ache, throb, itch and cause your legs to swell and feel fatigued. Circulating blood needs to travel to the legs, feet and back up to the heart. When valves in the veins are not functioning properly, excess blood remains in the lower part of the leg. Left untreated, varicose veins will progress and can hinder even a healthy, fit person’s daily life.

Exercise Can Be Helpful or Harmful

Depending on your exercise routine, you could be improving or contributing to your vein condition. Walking is one of the best exercises not only for overall health, but also for alleviating the symptoms of varicose veins. Low impact exercises are helpful which includes walking, jogging or the use of elliptical machines.

Exercise that is harmful for varicose veins includes: tennis, weightlifting, cycling, and running. These activities are high impact exercise and tend to aggravate symptoms and caused stressed out veins to work harder. Weightlifting especially puts a strain on the veins and blood circulation. If you insist on having high impact exercises in your routine note that you may feel some discomfort shortly after you engage in physical activity. Elevating your legs after a strenuous activity may help temporarily relieve some of the discomfort.

Exercise alone will not reverse or cure varicose veins and their symptoms. It’s always positive to adopt a healthier lifestyle, including a regular exercise routine. This can slow progression or the chances of further varicose vein development, however to remove already present varicose veins, treatment will be necessary.

Treatment in Las Vegas

Every case of vein disease is different, and is at a different stage of progression. No matter the severity of your venous condition, treatment of your varicose veins is possible. Dr. Sassan Kaveh is Alpha Vein Clinic’s beloved physician. Dr. Kaveh performs minimally invasive vein procedures in our outpatient clinic in Las Vegas. Our treatment options require little recovery time with minimal side effects! Dr. Sassan Kaveh at Alpha Vein Clinic is experienced in diagnosing and treating varicose veins, along with any other vein disease related symptoms such as pain, swelling, restless legs and venous ulcers. He can create a personalized treatment plan to alleviate your symptoms and eliminate your varicose veins. Call Alpha Vein Clinic’s conveniently located office at 702-430- 7661 to make an appointment today for an evaluation and consultation. Our caring staff is here to help you every step of the way!

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