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Easy Exercises For Varicose Vein Prevention

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When you hear, “exercising will help prevent varicose veins,” you may think to yourself, “sure… but what kind?” We have the answer for you! These simple exercises can be done at home and will drastically help prevent varicose veins from developing!

 

Bicycle Kicks

These are best done on a padded surface like your bed or a yoga mat. Lie on your back and raise both legs into the air, then begin to kick your feet in a circular motion as if pedaling a bicycle in midair.

 

 

 

Ankle Flexes

Begin by lying on a comfortably padded surface. Bring your right leg up to your chest and hold it behind the knee. Point your toes into the air, flex your foot and rotate your ankle, then bring your right leg down and repeat on the left side.

 

Heel Lifts

Find a set of stairs; begin by standing on the bottom step with your heels dangling over the edge. Slowly push yourself up to your toes, holding a handrail for support if needed, then come back down gradually until your heels fall beneath the step again.

 

These are all easy exercises that can be incorporated into your daily routine, and you can do as many reps of each as you please. These will not only help improve your vein strength, they will also improve your legs and core, and who doesn’t love a workout that does more than one thing? Enjoy!

 

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Five Ways to Prevent Varicose Veins

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Preventing varicose veins is not guaranteed. However, there are steps you can take to try and prevent them. While unsightly, varicose veins can lead to health issues and discomfort. These five steps are simple changes that will help keep your veins in their best shape.

 

  1. Exercise regularly. Walking and jogging will help improve circulation in the legs, and proper circulation helps to ward off the developments, as well as the worsening of varicose veins. Exercise also helps your overall well being, so enjoy a long walk!
  2. Avoid prolonged standing. Standing in one place for a long time increases pressure on your veins in the legs and feet. Over time, this pressure weakens the vessel walls, which in turn can lead to them collapsing. If prolonged standing is unavoidable at your job, mitigate the harm by shifting your position frequently, and try to walk around every 30 minutes.
  3. Sit properly. Sit up straight and don’t cross your legs. Crossing your legs can put pressure on your veins as well as cause a disruption in the flow of blood in your veins. Good posture also improved circulation!
  4. Maintain a healthy weight. Excess weight will put undue pressure and stress on your legs, and more importantly, your veins. Reducing weight will reduce the risks of varicose veins in many instances. Develop healthy eating habits and avoid foods with high calorie and low nutrition content.
  5. Quit smoking. Smoking contributes to a myriad of health issues, but if you need even one more reason, keep in mind that high blood pressure associated with smoking helps cause varicose veins.

 

These simple tips are easy to weave into your lifestyle and make them a part of your daily routine. We encourage you to live a healthy life in moderation, and doing these simple tricks will also help you to prevent varicose veins.

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How To Avoid Varicose Veins While Pregnant

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While varicose veins are sometimes a given with pregnancy, with all the additional weight and pressure you legs take on, they can sometimes happen without your control. However, there are some tips to follow to help minimize your chances of getting them.

 

  • Exercise daily; even just a brisk walk will help with circulation.
  • Strive to keep within the recommended weight range for your stage of pregnancy.
  • Elevate your feet and legs whenever possible. Use a stool or box at work while you are sitting, and a pillow while you are lying down.
  • Don’t cross your legs or ankles when sitting, the added pressure can cause them to appear.
  • Sleep on your let side. Wedge a pillow behind your back to keep yourself tilted to the left and elevate your feet with a pillow. The inferior vena cava is one the right side, lying on your left side relieves the vein of the weight from your uterus, thus decreasing pressure on the veins in your legs and feet.
  • Wear special support hose. Graduated-compression stockings, which are twice as thick as normal pantyhose, work best. These are available from medical supply stores and pharmacies. They are also great to wear while flying- they help keep pressure off of your lower leg veins when you are at a high elevation and sitting for long periods of time.

 

While there is no guarantee you will not develop any varicose veins during pregnancy, it is important to take the proper steps to avoid what you can. If you would like to read more about varicose veins and pregnancy, read here.

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How to Prevent Facial Veins

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How to Prevent Facial Veins

Did you know that alcohol and sunburn can both trigger facial or facial veins, but eating vegetables can help prevent them? Medical experts are unsure of the causes of facial veins, but we’ve got some tips that may help you. Here’s how you can prevent the development of facial veins.

 

Stay fit. Exercise increases blood circulation and help you keep of unwanted pounds. Both benefits will help prevent facial veins that can be caused by poor circulation and obesity.

 

Avoid sun exposure. Sunbathing too much or without protection will weaken the skin. Such exposure to extreme hot can also cause the skin to flush and trigger facial veins.

 

Have some grapes. Nutritionists say eating grapes gets the source of anthocyanins, an antioxidant, directly into the blood stream. This strengthens your capillaries and lowers your risk of facial veins. Anthocyanins are also found in bilberries.

 

Avoid the Booze. Drinking too much can also cause fine red lines to appear on your face and cheeks. Alcohol is known to cause the blood vessels to dilate but continued drinking can weaken the collagen causing veins stay open. This increases blood flow to the face triggering facial veins.

 

Be kind to your face. You should make sure not to wash your face with very hot or very cold water. These extremes in temperature can cause the skin to flush, triggering facial veins. Also, if you use a skin brush, always brush the skin when its dry. When skin is wet, your blood flow in increased and your skin is sensitive. Brushing already dilated vessels could cause facial veins.

 

Avoid unnecessary increases in hormone levels. Some hormones encourage blood vessel growth. If you are pregnant, taking the birth control pills, or undergoing hormone replacement therapy you will have increased hormone levels which could make you more prone to developing facial veins. Pregnancy also puts extra pressure on your circulation making facial veins in your legs more likely.

 

Get those vitamins. Vitamins C, E and K are all essential for maintaining good skin health.

  • Vitamin C helps your body build collagen – a protein that is the main connective tissue in muscle and skin. Less collagen means more sagging so facial veins could appear. Good sources of Vitamin C include citrus fruits, blackcurrants and peppers.
  • Vitamin E is a natural antioxidant which protects the skin and is also essential for protecting cell membranes. This strengthens the capillaries making facial veins less likely. Vitamin E can be found in olive oil, peanuts, leafy green vegetables and whole grain breads and cereals.
  • Vitamin K helps promote blood clotting to stop bleeding. Taking Vitamin K could prevent the tiny capillaries in your face from dilating. You can find Vitamin K in green leafy vegetables like broccoli and spinach and also in milk.

At Reno Vein Clinic, we also treat facial veins! Call us for more information! (775) 329-3100

 

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How to Prevent Facial Veins

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Did you know that alcohol and sunburn can both trigger facial or facial veins, but eating vegetables can help prevent them? Medical experts are unsure of the causes of facial veins, but we’ve got some tips that may help you. Here’s how you can prevent the development of facial veins.

Stay fit. Exercise increases blood circulation and help you keep of unwanted pounds. Both benefits will help prevent facial veins that can be caused by poor circulation and obesity.

Avoid sun exposure. Sunbathing too much or without protection will weaken the skin. Such exposure to extreme hot can also cause the skin to flush and trigger facial veins.

Have some grapes. Nutritionists say eating grapes gets the source of anthocyanins, an antioxidant, directly into the blood stream. This strengthens your capillaries and lowers your risk of facial veins. Anthocyanins are also found in bilberries.

Avoid the Booze. Drinking too much can also cause fine red lines to appear on your face and cheeks. Alcohol is known to cause the blood vessels to dilate but continued drinking can weaken the collagen causing veins stay open. This increases blood flow to the face triggering facial veins.

Be kind to your face. You should make sure not to wash your face with very hot or very cold water. These extremes in temperature can cause the skin to flush, triggering facial veins. Also, if you use a skin brush, always brush the skin when its dry. When skin is wet, your blood flow in increased and your skin is sensitive. Brushing already dilated vessels could cause facial veins.

Avoid unnecessary increases in hormone levels. Some hormones encourage blood vessel growth. If you are pregnant, taking the birth control pills, or undergoing hormone replacement therapy you will have increased hormone levels which could make you more prone to developing facial veins. Pregnancy also puts extra pressure on your circulation making facial veins in your legs more likely.

Get those vitamins. Vitamins C, E and K are all essential for maintaining good skin health.

  • Vitamin C helps your body build collagen – a protein that is the main connective tissue in muscle and skin. Less collagen means more sagging so facial veins could appear. Good sources of Vitamin C include citrus fruits, blackcurrants and peppers.
  • Vitamin E is a natural antioxidant which protects the skin and is also essential for protecting cell membranes. This strengthens the capillaries making facial veins less likely. Vitamin E can be found in olive oil, peanuts, leafy green vegetables and whole grain breads and cereals.
  • Vitamin K helps promote blood clotting to stop bleeding. Taking Vitamin K could prevent the tiny capillaries in your face from dilating. You can find Vitamin K in green leafy vegetables like broccoli and spinach and also in milk.

At Reno Vein Clinic, we also treat facial veins! Call us for more information! (775) 329-3100

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Pregnancy and Veins

Ahh the joys of motherhood!

Little babies, and yes…spider veins.

While we have all heard motherhood is one of the most rewarding and amazing times a woman can experience, it does take a toll on the body. It is not at all uncommon for each pregnancy to add it s own mark on the legs; some women can point to various vein clusters and name them “this one was Emily; this one was Nathan, etc.” The best preventative measure is to wear compression stockings specifically made for maternity use. They can help with the fluid retention and heaviness that often accompanies the later stages of pregnancy.

Most treatment of Spider veins involves chemical injections that have not shown any significant effects on the baby, but we recommend the treatment after the baby is born when you are getting your post baby body ready to show off along with you new little one!

What’s nice is that after delivery there is usually some regression of the veins so they won’t be as apparent as they were during pregnancy. About two months after the birth you can begin treatment on spider veins. Dr. Merchant and Dr. Daake can determine the best treatment for your specific problem and get rid of those veins because as a new mom you have enough to worry about.

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