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10 everyday ways to maintain your vein health

Maintaining good vein health is essential to overall wellbeing, as healthy veins ensure proper blood flow throughout your body. Here are some daily lifestyle practices to help maintain vein health.

1. STAY ACTIVE

At least 30 minutes of moderate exercise three to five times a week can improve circulation and prevent blood from pooling in your veins. Simple leg exercises such as ankle circles, calf raises and leg lifts can promote circulation in your lower extremities.

2. ELEVATE YOUR LEGS

While sleeping, elevate your legs above heart level. If working a sedentary job, take opportunities to elevate your legs slightly. Leg elevation helps reduce pressure on your veins and provides for better circulation.

3. AVOID PROLONGED SITTING OR STANDING

Changing positions frequently and taking short walks will help keep blood flowing smoothly.

4. MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WEIGHT AND DIET

Excess weight can put added pressure on your veins, increasing the risk of venous issues. Healthy nutrition with diets rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins are key to maintaining vein health.

5. WEAR COMPRESSION STOCKINGS

These socks help force blood flow back up through the legs and into the heart to prevent blood from pooling in the lower extremities. They also are helpful in the healing process after a vein treatment.

6. STAY HYDRATED

Drinking plenty of water can assist and improve circulation.

7. QUIT SMOKING

Smoking damages blood vessels and negatively impacts your vein health. Smoking increases the risk of developing blood circulation and vascular system issues.

8. TAKE BREAKS DURING TRAVEL

For extended travel periods, such as flights or long road trips, make sure to take regular breaks to walk around and stretch your legs.

9. MANAGE UNDERLYING HEALTH CONDITIONS

Conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure can affect vein health, so it’s important to see your healthcare provider to help manage them.

10. AVOID TIGHT CLOTHING

Wearing tight clothing, especially around the waist, groin or legs, can restrict blood flow and contribute to vein problems.

While these suggestions can help with your vein health and alleviate some venous symptoms, venous disease is a condition that, when left untreated, typically worsens over time. For those who suffer with vein issues, it can greatly affect the quality of life and create a risk for other serious complications. For ultimate vein health, it is worthwhile to seek out a consultation with a vein specialist to learn about available options specific to your vein issues.

Written by Dr. Keith Thompson

Dr. J. Keith Thompson is a board-certified vein surgeon and the medical director of the Vein Institute in D’Iberville and Hattiesburg. Dr. Thompson also serves on committees of the American Venous Forum, a leading organization for shaping vein policy and training vascular surgeons across the country. Visit www.veinsms.com for more information.

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