Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy veins, happy hearts

During the month of February, Americans tend to think a little more about their heartsespecially about what they can do to keep their arteries healthy. But arteries are just half of the story. 

Veins also need to be healthy to do their work optimally. (For a brief review of the circulatory system, check out our last post.)

While vein treatments today are outpatient procedures, minimally invasive and virtually pain-free, there ARE things one can do before seeing a doctor. 

Here are 3 ways to alleviate venous discomfort and help prevent the progression of symptoms:

• Walk. Walking causes the rhythmic contraction of calf muscles and helps promote blood flow to the heart. Walk at least 30 minutes every day– all at once, or in shorter increments.

• Elevate. Elevating your legs above your heart as often as possible– for as long as 30 minutes, or as briefly as three minutes. The best time is after you have been standing, or after a hot shower.

• Don’t smoke. Smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke constricts veins and affects overall circulation.

• Sit properly. Focus on good posture and avoid crossing your legs, or sitting in ways that can compress veins for prolonged periods.

Happy Valentine’s Day, and as always, feel free to give us a call at the Vein Healthcare Center with any vein-related questions you may have.

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