Varicose Veins FAQs

What Are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are veins that are large and twisted and are typically found on the legs, although they can appear on other areas of your body.

What Causes Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are caused by an increase in blood pressure due to blood clots in the veins.

Are Varicose Veins Painful?

While not everyone with varicose veins will experience pain, some will experience aching or cramping along with soreness, tiredness, and heaviness in the legs.

How are Varicose Veins Treated?

If you aren’t bothered by the look of the varicose veins or the symptoms, then treatment might not be necessary. However, treatment options can vary depending on your age, degree of the condition, and overall medical history. Here is a list of common treatments:

  • Surgery
  • Ligation and stripping
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Endovenous laser treatment

It’s important to discuss your treatment options with Western Vascular to find out which treatment is best for you.

What Are the Risk Factors of Varicose Veins?

Risk factors that increase your chances of getting varicose veins

  • Old age
  • Being overweight
  • Leg injury
  • Pregnancy
  • Being female
  • Smoking
  • Being inactive

Are Varicose Veins a Sign of Poor Health?

While varicose veins are not always a sign of poor health, they can be signs of being overweight, having high blood pressure, or having other related heart conditions. This is why it’s important to discuss with your doctor why you are experiencing varicose veins quickly.

Is Walking Good for Varicose Veins?

Yes. Since walking is a very low-impact activity, doctors highly recommend this exercise in order to maintain your blood circulation.

How Can I Prevent Varicose Veins From Getting Worse?

Here are some tips to prevent varicose veins from getting worse or even appearing in the first place:

  • Avoiding prolonged sessions of sitting or standing
  • Wearing compression socks
  • Changing your diet (i.e. avoid foods that are high in salt) and exercise routine
  • For pregnant women, sleeping on their left side may ease their symptoms

What Food Makes Your Veins Stronger?

Apples and other citrus fruits are both great options because they are high in rutin (which helps build strong veins). And as always, green leafy vegetables such as spinach are great choices too because they are high in omega-3 fatty acids.

Schedule Your Appointment Today!

If you are looking for treatment about varicose veins in Phoenix, please contact Western Vascular Institute today at (480) 668-5000 to schedule your appointment today!

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