For patients with vein issues, “Immobility is your enemy,” says Dr. Emily Cummings of the University of Michigan Livonia Vein Center. She recommends low-impact exercise for good vein health. Walking, swimming and biking are examples of low-impact activities that activate the calf muscle, which works like a pump to squeeze the veins and drive blood out of the leg. Dr. Cummings says runners often have fewer symptoms from their varicose veins, likely due to their calf muscle use.
Elevation and compression stockings also help
Elevating your legs is another way to keep leg veins healthy. Although elevation is effective, it is not always practical. True elevation requires your legs to be elevated above the level of your heart and should be done 3-4 times a day for 15-30 minutes.
Graduated compression stockings different from TED or “hospital” type
Finally, Dr. Cummings stresses the importance of pressure-gradient, or graduated, compression stockings. These should not be confused with the thrombo embolic deterrent (TED) compression socks that patients wear in the hospital. “TED hose are useful for patients who are in a hospital bed. However, if you are not in the hospital, graduated compression stockings are what you should wear for vein health.”
Visit Us at Schoolcraft College in Livonia April 23rd
The U-M Livonia Vein Center will host a booth at the Senior Expo at Schoolcraft College on April 23, 2013. Attendees can find out more about varicose and spider vein treatment, with staff on-hand to answer questions from 9am-2pm.
The University of Michigan Samuel and Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center is the top-ranked heart and heart surgery program among Michigan hospitals. To learn more, visit the Heart and Vascular page on UofMHealth.org.