Disease Prevention


What Can You Do To Prevent Varicose Vein Disease?


It's important to understand varicose vein disease and how it affects you and your family.  Varicose veins are more than just a cosmetic issue and may be the symptom of an underlying vascular health issue.  While genetics play a role in your health, there are many preventative measures you can take to decrease your risk for damage and disease.


    •   Do not smoke
    •   Exercise regularly
    •   Maintain a healthy diet
    •   Maintain a healthy weight
    •   Avoid excessive alcohol intake
    •   Control blood pressure and blood sugar


Through lifestyle changes such as these, you can minimize your risk of varicose vein disease.  You can alleviate mild discomfort caused by non-severe varicose veins by doing the following:

    •   Avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time
    •   Avoid high heels or tight hosiery
    •   Avoid heating packs
    •   Elevate your legs 
    •   Flex and extend your feet while sitting or standing
    •   When traveling, move around as much as possible


If you are overweight, talk to your doctor about ideal body weight and establish a plan to achieve that goal.  Weight loss can help reduce the venous pressure in the legs, and the veins may become less prominent.  Regular exercise such as walking or biking is important.  Exercise activates the muscles of the legs and helps reduce pressure in the veins of the legs.

Skin care is crucial.  A simple step in preventing the wound complications of venous disease is to apply moisturizing cream to the skin twice daily.  This helps avoid eczema or dry skin, which is more prone to injury and infection.  Finally, it is important to understand your family history.  If there is a significant history of vein problems involving other family members (including varicose veins, sores, wounds or blood clots), you may be at greater risk.


To speak with our experienced vein specialist to learn about additional behaviors that can contribute to varicose and spider vein prevention and optimal vein health, call us at 916-835-7777 or contact us today to schedule a consultation.