How do I Care for My Veins?

Active Senior Couple biking Healthy veins play a large part in keeping your body performing at its best. While vein disease is common and manageable, leaving it untreated can be dangerous and lead to life-threatening complications. 

Paying attention to signs of poor vein health and taking action is vital to managing the issue. Are you curious about what you can do to have healthy veins? Here we discuss the steps you can take to keep your veins and body performing well.

Can Varicose Veins Cause Bigger Problems?

Pay close attention if you’ve developed varicose veins. The appearance of varicose veins is an indication of blood pooling.

Pooling blood is a sign that your circulation is compromised because your veins are not efficiently moving blood through your body.

Some indicators of poor veins include:

  • Swelling of legs or ankles
  • Pain while walking
  • Skin discoloration
  • And others

If left untreated, they can cause Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI), a dangerous condition where blood flow is obstructed and can cause other health issues.

Some indicators of poor veins include:

  • Swelling of legs or ankles
  • Pain while walking
  • Skin discoloration
  • And others

Taking Care of Your Veins

There is much you can do to take care of your vein health. For instance, regular exercise can help your veins perform well and stay healthy.  Exercise helps your heart to circulate blood, which is essential to getting oxygen and nutrients throughout your body. Contracting and relaxing your muscles through physical activity stimulates the opening and closing of the valves in your veins. 

Some specific exercises can exclusively help with vein health, like:

  • Walking
  • Bicycle legs
  • Side lunges
  • And leg lifts

Monitor Your Diet

Watching what you eat is vital to your vein health also. Avoid high sodium foods as sodium promotes water retention in your body, increasing pressure, and buildup in your veins.

Drink plenty of water and have your diet include food high in bioflavonoids, a chemical that aids in vein health. This chemical is found in many fruits and vegetables, be sure that your diet has plenty of them.

Use Compression

Another tool that can help you is wearing compression clothing. Compression socks or stockings keep blood from pooling in your legs and move it throughout your body. While these methods can help you manage your vein health, they are not a cure for venous insufficiency. The providers at Sun Vein & Vascular can provide answers to your questions about managing your vein health. 

If you need more information on treating your veins, our specialists can determine what treatment may be effective for your needs. Call our Dallas practice today at (214) 556-8880.

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