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.
Sitting at a desk for most of the day can cause vein issues
Do you spend much of your day sitting or standing? If so, you may have vein issues ranging from spider veins to deep vein thrombosis (DVT), or blood clots, says Angela Haley, manager of the Michigan Livonia Vein Center. If your legs are in need of attention — either for cosmetic purposes or health-related issues — Haley advises you to see your doctor or a healthcare professional “for a comprehensive evaluation of the health of your legs.”
Dr. Lisa Pavone is a strong supporter of vein disease awareness. “Venous health issues are prevalent,” she says, noting that as many as 50 percent of individuals over the age of 50 have some sort of vein health issue, which could include:
Deep or superficial vein thrombosis (blood clots)
Chronic venous insufficiency
Varicose and spider veins
What are the risks of untreated vein disease? If the valves inside your leg veins are damaged as a result of vein disease, the valves may not close completely, allowing blood to leak backward or flow in both directions, affecting leg health.
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