Get the Facts about Varicose Veins

By Reeder Vein Institute
August 15, 2017

Varicose veins Dallas, TXThere is no doubt that living in the information age offers certain perks. We don’t have to leaf through book after book to obtain important information. The internet has brought everything to our fingertips, from home goods to health tips. The problem with living in the information age is that it can be difficult to discern relevant truths from myths. This is especially relevant to health topics. We want our patients to gain the necessary details about vein health, so they are better able to advocate for themselves when it comes to treatment. Let’s take a look at some of the false ideas floating around regarding varicose veins.

  1. Varicose veins are unsightly, but nothing more. It’s true that the ropy, bulging appearance of a varicose vein can significantly degrade the appearance of the legs. However, there are larger concerns related to these veins. Patients may experience discomfort such as throbbing, aching, or burning as a result of vein swelling.
  2. Varicose veins occur later in life. Not so. While age may be a mitigating factor in the risk of vein insufficiency, some patients begin to notice problem veins as early as their teen years. A person’s genes may play a larger role in varicose veins than any other factor.
  3. It will be easy to know if you have a varicose vein. This idea is hit or miss. In many cases, varicose veins do make themselves obvious through physical appearance. However, symptomology doesn’t always follow a routine path. Some patients complain of heaviness and aching or burning with no visible signs of varicose veins. In either situation, treatment is necessary.
  4. Running is a risky form of exercise because it causes varicose veins. As mentioned in an earlier point, varicose veins are most directly related to a person’s genetic disposition. Running, as well as another exercise, supports circulation, and good circulation is advantageous for vein health. If you have varicose veins and you love to run, support the flow of blood with graduated compression socks.
  5. To prevent varicose veins, don’t stand or sit for too long. Here is a bit of information that may be worth listening to. To date, studies neither contradict nor confirm the idea that a sedentary lifestyle, or one that requires a lot of standing, could cause or prevent varicose veins. What seems to an ideal is a good mix of standing and sitting.

General information related to vein health is only so beneficial if you’re living with uncomfortable signs of varicose veins. Get the help you need at Reeder Vein Institute in Dallas. Call (972) 566-3040.

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