Stop Doing This if You Want to Avoid Vein Problems

Stop Doing This if You Want to Avoid Vein Problems

Vein disease is a common problem for both women and men and like a lot of medical issues, it develops more often the older we get. 

In fact, as many as 85% of us wind up dealing with varicose veins or spider veins, and millions go on to develop more serious problems, like chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) and severely impaired circulation.

The team at Phoenix Heart, PLLC is skilled at managing vein conditions — and they also have plenty of experience helping patients reduce their risks of circulation issues and complications, too. Here, learn simple steps you can take today to reduce your risks of vein problems in the future.

Why vein problems develop

Your veins contain a series of tiny valves that open and close rapidly to keep your blood moving toward your heart. As we get older, age-related issues and other problems can damage these tiny valves, interfering with blood flow and causing blood to “back up.” 

Varicose veins are one of the earliest and most recognizable consequences of venous backflow. Varicose veins develop when valve failure allows blood to slip back behind the poorly functioning valves and pool up, weakening vein walls and causing the veins to appear purplish, bulging, and twisted. 

Smaller “cousins” of varicose veins are spider veins, which involve inflammation of the smaller superficial veins. While most people think of varicose and spider veins as being little more than cosmetic issues, they can actually be early signs of vein problems that can lead to advanced vein disease if left untreated.

Compromised circulation can also lead to blood clots in the superficial or deep veins. Over time, you can develop chronic venous insufficiency, a more serious vascular problem that may take a toll on your overall health and increase your risk of dangerous skin infections and life-threatening clots in your lungs (pulmonary emboli).

Lowering your risk of vein problems

Avoiding problematic vein conditions isn't difficult, but it does require a little effort on your part. Avoiding these habits is a good way to give your veins the support they need to maintain normal health and function.

Smoking

Smoking doesn’t just damage your lungs — it takes a big toll on your blood vessels, too. The chemicals and byproducts contained in tobacco smoke damage the tissues that line your vessels, interfering with normal circulation and increasing the risk of valve damage. 

Following an unhealthy diet

Eating foods high in sodium (salt) leads to fluid retention and increased blood pressure. Over time, elevated blood pressure increases the risk of vein and valve damage. Unhealthy fats and excess sugars can cause problems, too.

Not getting enough exercise

Your veins depend on physical activity for normal, healthy function, especially activity involving your calf muscles. If you sit or stand for long periods of time, you’re far more likely to have problems with your circulation, including vein problems and their complications.

Not staying hydrated

Your blood is primarily made up of liquids. If you don’t drink enough, even minor dehydration can interfere with blood flow and increase your risk of vein issues. Avoid beverages that are sugary or contain caffeine; they can actually lead to dehydration.

Ignoring early signs of problems

It might be tempting to ignore varicose veins or spider veins, especially if they’re not causing noticeable symptoms. But early intervention is critical for identifying vein issues early, for treating vein problems, and for preventing complications, too.

Don’t ignore your vein symptoms

If you have varicose veins, spider veins, or other symptoms of vascular problems, like leg cramps, leg fatigue, or restless legs syndrome, scheduling a vein evaluation is the first step toward relieving symptoms and improving vascular health. 

To learn more, request an appointment online or over the phone with the team at Phoenix Heart today. We have convenient locations in Glendale, Goodyear, Scottsdale, Anthem, Laveen Village, Black Canyon City, and Cottonwood, Arizona.

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