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Prevention of Varicose Veins – Aria Vein Center

Treatment for varicose veins is readily available at the Aria’s Health and Wellness’, Vein Center in St. Petersburg, FloridaAdvanced Varicose Vein Treatment
Varicose veins can occur in any part of the body but are most often found in the legs and feet. Veins pump de-oxygenated blood towards the heart to receive oxygen from the heart and lungs and have valves that prevent back flow of blood. Varicosities occur when the valves become incompetent and are unable to return blood flow.

When the vein’s valves don’t work properly, blood flows backwards and starts to pool causing twisting and enlargement of the veins. This pooling causes what is commonly known as varicose veins. . Some varicose veins are just small and might be cosmetically bothersome. Others can be quite painful, cause the legs to swell and are
indicative of circulation problems. There are a variety of factors that cause varicose veins.

Standing for long periods of time, applying excessive pressure to the legs, pressure on the midsection of the body which occurs during pregnancy and obesity. These are all factors that resist gravity and cause pooling of blood flow so that blood can’t easily circulate back to the heart.

 

Tips for Varicose Vein Prevention

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Avoid standing for long periods of time
  • Don’t Cross your legs for long periods of time, it cuts off circulation
  • Exercise to increase circulation
  • Never sit for long periods of time- get up frequently and move around to keep the blood flowing

 

Varicose Vein Treatment

At the Vein Center, here in St Petersburg Florida you can receive treatment and instructions on how to care for your varicose veins. There are a variety of options depending on the severity of your condition.

 

Compression Treatment

Compression stockings are a one of the oldest lines of treatment for varicose veins. Your doctor will instruct you to purchase special stockings that apply pressure to your legs in a good way, helping blood flow circulate back towards the heart. You can buy a pair of compression stocking in most surgical supply or drug stores.

 

Diet & Exercise

Make sure to avoid standing or sitting for long periods of time and maintain a good exercise regimen. This will help improve blood flow to your legs and help increase your circulation. Be sure and maintain a healthy weight. Elevate your legs at different intervals of the day if you know you are predisposed to or are developing varicose veins. Elevation of the legs will help increase blood flow back to the heart

 

Surgical and Other Treatment Options

When more moderate measures are unsuccessful in management of your varicose veins there are more invasive procedures that can remove or treat the affected vein directly.

Surgical Stripping is an older procedure that involves removing of the varicose vein through incisions in your leg. It is a surgical procedure done under anesthesia and recovery time is about three to six weeks.

Other treatments which are newer and less invasive such as Laser, Radiofrequency, or Sclerotherapy to remove or seal off the affected vein. These procedures may cause bruising initially after treatment but after a short period of time actually improve the appearance of the leg.

All procedures involve some risk, and you should discuss all your options with your doctor. At the Vein Center here in St. Petersburg, a treatment plan will be tailor-made specifically towards your unique medical needs.

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