Veins carry de-oxygenated blood back to the heart. Since the blood from the legs travel against gravity, venous disease occurs when veins are damaged and have trouble with returning blood flow. In the summer months, heat negatively impacts venous diseases as the heat dilates veins making it more difficult for blood return to the heart to occur. Veins tend to bulge, allowing blood to pool in the legs causing swelling, tenderness and pain. At Aria Health and Wellness Institute’s Vein Center, our dedicated staff are here to help you through the challenges of summer and maintain good venous health. Here are some tips that you can implement to help promote venous wellness during the summer months.
Heat directly impacts the vessels in your body. It affects veins by causing them to dilate. When veins dilate it makes it that much more difficult for them to do their job. Veins are responsible for returning de-oxygenated blood to the heart, and when the heat dilate the vessels, blood tends to pool in your legs, increasing swelling, and discomfort. So staying cool is not a luxury, invest in a good air conditioner, or cooling system and stay out of the heat during the hottest parts of the day.
Elevate Your Legs
Whenever possible elevate your legs, which helps promote venous return, and blood flow back to the heart. When lounging or even if you can at work, get a footstool, or cushion to raise your feet up off the floor.
Drink plenty of water, and other fluids. If you are on a fluid restricted diet due to kidney or cardiac disease, be sure and talk to your health care provider about how much fluid you can consume during the summer months. Stay away from caffeinated and alcoholic beverages as they actually have a dehydrating affect.
Be sure and walk daily, as it exercises the calf and ankle muscles. Swimming is another great way both to stay cool and exercise important muscles that help promote venous circulation. If you sit at a desk at work, make sure to get up and move about frequently to prevent blood from pooling in the legs.
Graduated Compression Stockings
Speak with your health care professional at St. Petersburg’s, FL, Vein Center about getting fitted for the right type of compression stocking that will be most suitable for you. Graduated compression stockings evenly apply gentle pressure to your entire leg and help promote venous return and increase blood flow to the heart.
Stay cool, stay hydrated, exercise, and make an appointment at Aria’s Health and Wellness Institute’s Vein Center to ensure you’re doing everything you can to promote good venous health. Wishing you a safe, health, and cool summer!