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Understanding Spider Veins




Many times spider veins can be seen as solely a cosmetic problem- posing no real threat to a person’s health and well-being. While the potential health threats of spider veins are slightly less than varicose veins, it’s important to understand what causes them and know that if left untreated, spider veins can cause some serious physical discomfort.


What they are:

First of all, spider veins are tiny blood vessels that appear beneath the skin in twisted patterns of red, blue or purple veins. In 25% of cases, spider veins are a secondary condition caused by vein disease or varicose veins. For this reason, it is important to consult a board certified phlebologist for a thorough diagnosis and look at your treatment options.


What are the risks?

Hormonal changes, especially in women, are the likely causes of spider veins., especially during pregnancy and menopause. As the veins become weaker, blood may begin to pool and cause the formation of unsightly spider veins. There are some lifestyle habits that could lead to spider veins as well. Inactivity is a leading lifestyle cause for spider veins, because the veins in the legs are not supported by muscle and structure and freer blood circulation takes place. Not drinking enough water, smoking and drinking alcohol are also major contributing factors. If you suffer from spider veins, it is important to discuss your treatment options and help prevent more from appearing.


For any questions about treating spider veins, contact Reno Vein Clinic (775) 329-3100

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Some types of exercise may actually put more strain on your veins, such as yoga, sit-ups and weightlifting.


Simply put, exercise helps stem the progression of varicose veins and increases overall circulatory health. Aerobic exercise has beneficial effects on varicose veins, particularly when the activity utilizes the calf muscles of the leg. Since these muscles act as a physiologic pump of the lower extremity, the use of these muscles encourages the return of venous blood back into the truncal circulatory system.


Conversely, strenuous exercise that involves minimal aerobic activity and straining of the abdominal muscles actually has negative effects on the venous circulation. Increasing abdominal pressure can ultimately impair the return of blood back to the heart, further exacerbating venous reflux and venous insufficiency.  These exercises include prolonged abdominal posturing (yoga), sit-ups, crunches, weightlifting, and lunges.


Simple lower extremity exercises such as walking and jogging can help the circulatory system and facilitate the return of venous blood back to the central circulatory system.


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