Varicose veins and painful, tired, swollen, and heavy legs are not part of the natural aging process. Many people have these symptoms and assume they occur just because they are “getting older”. The root cause of these problems is frequently an abnormality in the vein system of the legs called venous reflux. With venous reflux, the legs have lost their natural ability to return venous blood to the heart allowing blood to pool in the legs, causing pain, swelling and varicose veins. In healthy legs, there exists a valve system in the veins that is designed to support venous blood. Venous reflux stems from a failure of this valve system that allows blood to collect in the legs when standing for long periods. The common causes of vein valve failure are pregnancy, prolonged standing, excess weight, aggressive physical exercise, and familial inheritance. These veins usually need to be eliminated to improve the overall health of the legs and to allow the venous circulation to flow properly.
Modern vein care allows the elimination of these dysfunctional “broken” veins with minimal intervention. Surgical stripping is now obsolete. It has been replaced by minimally invasive, needle and catheter-based techniques. Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLT) and Ultrasound Guided Foam Sclerotherapy are combined to provide treatment for varicose veins of any size and for leg swelling. These procedures require no incisions to heal, require minimal downtime, and are highly successful in the right hands. Not all vein centers are committed to these contemporary, advanced, minimally invasive therapies that provide excellent cosmetic results and allow you to get back to your daily activities quickly. Don’t accept less than the best care. Choose your vein specialist wisely and don’t settle for less than what the most current approach and technology can offer.
Tips For Vein HealthTips For Vein Health
• Wear compression garments when standing for long periods.
• Develop your calf muscles by walking or other exercise. Avoid high heels.
• Walk in the shallow end of the swimming pool to facilitate venous drainage.
• Elevate as needed
• Consult with a vein specialist to see if you would benefit from minimally invasive vein therapy.
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