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What Are the Causes of Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are enlarged veins that look bulged and twisted and usually appear on the legs and feet. They develop when the veins in your lower extremities stop functioning properly. Normally, veins have tight valves that close and open to allow blood to smoothly flow to the heart. However, because of several factors, these valves can stop working and cause blood to flow backwards and pool in the vein. This causes the vein to get swollen and, since the blood in them is deoxygenated (or doesn’t contain oxygen), they develop a blue or dark purple color.

Several factors can contribute to the development of varicose veins. These include:

Genetics

Several studies show that genetics play a role in varicose veins. So, if you have family members who have this condition, there’s a chance that you’ll develop it as well.

Hormonal fluctuations

Female hormones estrogen and progesterone can cause blood vessel walls to weaken, which is why women are more likely to develop varicose veins than men. Fluctuating levels of estrogen and progesterone can also damage the valves inside the veins. This is why women who are going through menopause, using hormone-based birth control methods, and taking hormone replacement therapy are at risk of developing varicose veins.

Pregnancy

The changing hormone levels during pregnancy can contribute to the development of varicose veins. Aside from hormones, the growing weight of the baby can increase the amount of pressure in the mother’s abdomen and pelvis and weaken the vein valves in the lower extremities. Fortunately, if you develop varicose veins during pregnancy, they can reduce in size and severity without medication around three to 12 months after you give birth.

Advanced age

Your veins become less elastic as you grow older, which means they’ll stretch and become more prone to accumulate blood. The valves in your veins also grow weaker as time passes by, so they become more likely to allow blood to pool in your veins.

Overweight

The pounds that you gain add more pressure to your pelvis and abdomen. These, in turn, make you more prone to developing varicose veins. Losing excess weight is the first step to reducing the appearance and severity of varicose veins.

Excessive standing or sitting

If your job requires you to stand most of the day, you might develop varicose veins since your blood doesn’t have much opportunity to circulate and ends up pooling in your legs. The same holds true if you sit down most of the time. To avoid this, find ways to get your legs moving throughout the day and promote proper blood circulation.

Poor fashion choices

While these issue rarely actually cause varicose veins, they can theoretically increase  the conditions that may cause worsening of veins in individuals who are otherwise prone to them. Wearing girdles and other tight clothing can increase pressure in your abdomen and pelvis and make you more prone to varicose veins. Wearing high heels is another factor; these shoes prevent your calf muscles from contracting as they do when wearing flat shoes. This means less blood is pushed from your legs back to your heart.  But wearing flat shoes will not eliminate the risk of developing varicose veins in people who are otherwise at risk.

 

These are some of the reasons why varicose veins develop. These veins usually won’t bother you but, if they become severe, they can cause pain and discomfort and irritate your skin on the affected area. When these happen, contact us here at Shore Vascular and Vein Center and take advantage of our varicose vein removal services in New Jersey. We offer both endovenous RF ablation and microphlebectomy to remove varicose veins and relieve you of their symptoms.

Now Is The Perfect Time To Have Your Varicose Veins Treated

People frequently ask if one particular time of year is better than others to have varicose vein removal Ocean County NJ. While we are able to treat veins at any time, during any season, the winter is often the most convenient and preferable season for many people. There are multiple reasons for this which will be described below.

Reasons for Winter Varicose Vein Treatment

Many varicose vein treatments require the temporary use of compression stockings.  Many of the stockings made today are actually quite comfortable to wear. However, they are not very fashionable when worn with shorts.  During the winter months, we are usually wearing long pants rather than shorts. Therefore, the compression stockings are hidden under the pants. Also, being close to the Shore, many people want to spend a lot of time at the beach. This is not very conducive to the use of compression stockings either.  Having your veins treated during the winter months avoids these issues.

The second reason that winter is a preferable time to treat varicose veins for many people is that certain treatments require limiting sun exposure for a period of time after treatment. Therefore, for most, limiting sun exposure with varicose vein removal Ocean County NJ is usually not a problem during the winter months in our region.

The third reason that winter is preferable is that people often want to have their legs ready for summer. However, they don’t leave enough time time to schedule treatment and allow for complete healing before summer arrives. Unfortunately, it is quite common for people to make their first consultation to learn about treatment in April or May. Then to want treatment completed and their cosmetic results maximized before Memorial Day! We always try to complete people’s treatments in their desired time-frame. However, there needs to be enough time to obtain insurance authorization for covered procedures. We then need to schedule and complete the necessary treatment. If we begin the process long before summer gets here, it is easy to have varicose vein removal Ocean County NJ completed before “shorts season”.

Treatment for Varicose Veins

If you are experiencing the discomfort or appearance of unsightly varicose veins, treatment is easier than you might realize.  At Shore Vascular & Vein Center, we treat varicose and spider veins with minimally invasive procedures, such as Closure (Venefit), sclerotherapy, microphlebectomy and Excel V laser.  Most treatments are completed right in the office and do not require hospitalization.  Patients typically experience little to no discomfort and get back to work and other usual activities within about a day. In addition, depending on the condition being treated, many procedures are covered by health insurance. In our center, all procedures are performed by Dr. Jeffrey Gosin, a Board Certified vascular surgeon with over 20 years experience with thousands of successful vein treatment procedures.

Shore Vascular & Vein Center is the premiere center for the treatment of vascular conditions, serving individuals in Atlantic County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Ocean County and the surrounding areas in southern New Jersey. Call (609) 927-VEIN (8346) to schedule a consultation or visit us on the web at www.GetGreatLegs.com.

What’s New in the Treatment of Varicose Veins

Shore Vascular & Vein Center is committed to providing the latest, state-of-the-art treatments to their patients.  When new treatments become available for varicose vein removal New Jersey, they investigate those treatments for safety, effectiveness, patient experience, cost and other important factors. The team at Shore Vascular and Vein Center then make that information available to their patients and utilize all of the available information in deciding what treatments are most appropriate for each individual patient. Below is information originally published as an FDA News Release about a new treatment for varicose veins, called VenaSeal.

VenaSeal: New Treatment in Varicose Vein Removal New Jersey

“There are two types of veins—deep veins and superficial veins. Superficial veins are those that are close to the skin. Veins contain one-way valves that open to let blood flow through and then shut to keep blood from flowing backward. When valves of the superficial system are weak or damaged, blood can back up and pool, which can cause varicose veins that are enlarged, swollen or twisted.

Varicose veins often cause no symptoms but some patients may experience mild to moderate pain, blood clots, skin ulcers or other problems, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health. If these issues occur, health care professionals may recommend treatment such as compression stockings or medical procedures to remove or close the affected veins.

The VenaSeal system is intended for patients with superficial varicose veins of the legs that cause symptoms. The sterile kit is made up of an adhesive, a specially formulated n-butyl-2-cyanoacrylate, and delivery system components that include a catheter, guidewire, dispenser gun, dispenser tips, and syringes.

The device must be used as a system and differs from procedures that use drugs, laser, radio waves or cuts in the skin to close or remove veins. A trained healthcare professional inserts the catheter through the skin into the diseased vein to allow injection of the VenaSeal adhesive, a clear liquid that polymerizes into solid material. The healthcare professional monitors proper placement of the catheter using ultrasound imaging during delivery of the adhesive into the diseased vein to seal it.

What Do Other Health Care Professionals Say

“This new system is the first to permanently treat varicose veins by sealing them with an adhesive, thereby giving patients another treatment option for this common condition,” said William Maisel, M.D., M.P.H., acting director of the Office of Device Evaluation in the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. “Because the VenaSeal system does not incorporate heat application or cutting, the in-office procedure can allow patients to quickly return to their normal activities, with less bruising.” “

Where Can I Get The New VenaSeal Treatment?

VenaSeal is available at Shore Vascular & Vein Center, along with numerous other minimally invasive treatments for venous insufficiency and varicose vein removal New Jersey.  If you are experiencing the symptoms or appearance of varicose veins, call for a consultation. It’s important to learn which treatments are best to treat your particular condition.

 

Shore Vascular & Vein Center is the premiere center for the treatment of vascular conditions, serving individuals in Atlantic County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Ocean County and the surrounding areas in southern New Jersey.  All treatments are performed by a Board Certified Vascular Surgeon.  Call (609) 927-VEIN (8346) to schedule a consultation or visit us on the web at www.GetGreatLegs.com.

How to Get Rid of Those Pesky Spider Veins

Spider veins, also known as telangiectasias, are small, thin veins in the skin that usually appear pink or red in color and affect millions of people. They will often occur in clusters, which can give them the appearance of a bruise. They most commonly occur on the legs, but spider veins can also occur other places on the body, particularly on the face, around the nose. Spider veins can affect individuals of all ages. However, they tend to be more common, and get worse as we age.

Spider veins are related to varicose veins in the sense that they both represent a type of venous insufficiency. However, spider veins are most commonly a cosmetic issue, whereas the larger varicose veins are more frequently associated with physical symptoms such as leg pain, leg fatigue and other problems.

Spider veins tend to occur in groups with multiple veins. They are often numerous and can be unsightly. In other situations, spider veins can bleed. Bleeding is often a result of the spider veins being nicked while shaving. In other cases, the bleeding may be spontaneous. Bleeding from spider veins is far less common than cosmetic concerns.  However, when it does occur, the bleeding can be significant. This is especially true in individuals who take blood thinning medication for other unrelated problems. Fortunately, there are a variety of excellent treatment options available.

One of the longest used treatments for spider veins is called sclerotherapy. A medication called a sclerosing agent is injected into the clusters of veins during sclerotherapy. In the past, saline was the most common sclerosing agent used. Today, at Shore Vascular & Vein Center, we have replaced saline with a newer agent known as Asclera. The main advantage to Asclera is that it is much more comfortable for patients. With the older saline injections, people would experience a burning sensation during the injections. With the newer Asclera that we use, there is almost no pain at all.

We also are one of a very few centers in our region to offer the Excel V laser. Excel V is a specialized award winning laser that is specifically designed to treat vascular conditions like spider veins. The laser can be used anywhere on the body, including the face. It is also an excellent treatment for port wine stain birth marks, rosacea and numerous other vascular conditions.

We also offer a treatment call VeinGogh. During VeinGogh treatment, energy is delivered directly into the vein through a tiny needle. VeinGogh can be very effective in treating spider veins on the face and legs. However, the Excel V laser has largely replaced it in our office.

Regardless of the method used, spider vein treatment requires time, patience and repetition. Multiple spider vein treatments are commonly needed and they are typically spread apart by a few weeks. Every patient’s condition is different. The total amount of treatments needed are impossible to state in an article such as this. Our doctor will thoroughly examine your situation, discuss the various treatment options, and give you a realistic expectation of how long the process should take in your particular case.

At Shore Vascular & Vein Center in Somers Point, New Jersey, we specialize in the most advanced treatments of vascular disease, including spider veins. Our Board Certified Vascular Surgeon, Jeffrey Gosin, M.D performs all treatments. We proudly serve Atlantic County, Cape May County, Ocean County and the surround southern N.J. areas. Call (609) 927-VEIN (8346)  for a consultation or visit us on the web at GetGreatLegs.com.

Health Insurance Coverage for Varicose Vein Treatment

One of the most common concerns among individuals with varicose veins relates to the cost of treatment. Some people never seek varicose vein treatment because they are afraid that treatment will not be covered by their health insurance. This belief is often incorrect. Even though varicose veins cause a visible, often unsightly condition, many varicose veins are not just a cosmetic problem. That is because they often cause physical symptoms, such as pain, leg heaviness, leg fatigue, swelling, skin itching and other symptoms. Furthermore, they can also cause other significant complications such as bleeding and phlebitis (blood clots.)

In addition to the varicose veins themselves, the condition is commonly associated with  an underlying vascular condition called venous reflux disease, or venous insufficiency.  This is a defect in the function of the valves in the leg veins. It is a recognized medical condition. Therefore, it is wrong to automatically assume that varicose vein treatment will not be covered by insurance. When physical symptoms or other complications are associated with varicose veins, many health insurance plans will cover a variety of different treatments.

At Shore Vascular & Vein Center, our Board Certified Vascular Surgeon, Jeffrey Gosin, M.D. is a leader in varicose vein treatment and other vascular conditions. He will take a detailed medical history and perform a thorough examination of your condition. We will obtain a venous Doppler ultrasound test in our IAC Accredited noninvasive vascular laboratory. Through this complete vascular evaluation, Dr. Gosin will identify the nature and underlying source of your problem, not just what is obvious to the naked eye. He will then completely review everything in detail with you and make recommendations based on the true nature of your problem, as well as your goals.  His treatment recommendations will address the underlying source of your problem. If his evaluation indicates that your condition is not just cosmetic, he will go over all of the treatment options with you.

Our insurance specialists will contact your insurance company, provide all of the necessary information, and work as your advocate to have the medically necessary treatment covered. You will be kept informed of the entire process and no treatment will be performed until we have received a response from your insurance company regarding coverage.

If, on the other hand, his evaluation indicates that your particular problem is simply a cosmetic one, he will first reassure you that there is not a serious underlying condition. If you are interested in pursuing cosmetic treatment, he will go over the available options for treatment with you. In these cases, we always inform our patients of all pricing information in advance of performing any treatment. It is impossible to state costs in an article like this, since everyone’s case is individual. However, in most cases, people tell us that the cost is less than they expected.

If you are suffering from the discomfort and appearance of varicose veins, we recommend that you schedule a consultation with Dr. Jeffrey Gosin at Shore Vascular & Vein Center in Somers Point, N.J. We are the region’s premiere vascular and vein care center, serving Atlantic County, Cape May County, Ocean County, Cumberland County and the surrounding southern New Jersey region for more than 20 years.  We perform both “medical” and cosmetic treatments of all vascular conditions. Many treatments are covered by health insurance.  Call (609) 927-VEIN (8346) or visit us on the web at GetGreatLegs.com

Varicose Veins. Not Just a Cosmetic Problem

Varicose veins are the most common vascular conditions that exists. It is estimated that between 20 million and 40 million people in the USA alone have some degree of varicose veins.  While they tend to be more common in women than in men, and they tend to get worse as we age, they actually often affect both men and women of all ages.

Most people are aware of the appearance of varicose veins. They look like large, bulging lumps on the legs. Sometimes there may be just s few of them. At other times, they may appear all over both legs. While the cosmetic aspects of varicose veins are well known, what many people are not aware of is that they are not just a cosmetic problem.  Many people with varicose veins have an underlying condition call venous reflux disease, also known as venous insufficiency. This results from the valves within the leg veins not functioning properly. It  causes blood to abnormally pool in the legs. It results from prolonged standing, genetic predisposition, pregnancy, increasing age, obesity and other factors. In addition to causing the unsightly varicose veins to develop, venous reflux disease can also give people physical symptoms such as leg pain, leg fatigue, leg heaviness, leg restlessness, night cramps, skin itching and other symptoms. If left untreated, the underlying condition and the resulting symptoms tend to get worse as time goes on. In more severe cases, people can develop leg swelling, permanent skin damage, leg wounds and blood clots. So, while varicose veins are often noticeable and unsightly, they may also be an indication of a more significant underlying vascular condition.

Fortunately, venous reflux disease is one of easiest vascular conditions to treat. In some cases, conservative treatments such as compression stockings, exercise and periodic leg elevation will help to control symptoms. When these measures alone are not sufficient, there are minimally invasive office procedures that are safe, effective, and usually covered by health insurance that can be used to treat the problem.

One of the most common procedures used to treat venous reflux disease and varicose veins is a 20 minute minimally invasive procedure called a Vein Closure Procedure which is also know as a Venefit Procedure. This procedure safely and effectively eliminates most venous reflux, improving both the physical symptoms and often the cosmetic appearance of varicose veins as well. The procedure is performed without making any incisions. People are typically able to resume there usual activities immediately following the procedure. General anesthesia is not required.  People are awake and talking to the doctor during the procedure and generally report only minimal discomfort.

At Shore Vascular & Vein Center, Dr. Jeffrey Gosin is a leader in the treatment of varicose veins and venous reflux disease. Other vascular surgeons have traveled to his center to learn the the latest state-of-the-art techniques. If you are experiencing the appearance or symptoms of varicose veins, call (609) 927-VEIN (8346) to schedule a consultation and find out how much better your legs can look and feel. Or visit us on the web at GetGreatLegs.com

Spider and Varicose Veins: What Happens If They Are Left Untreated?

Spider veins and varicose veins are sometimes viewed as being unsightly and can cause some people to feel self-conscious about their appearance or even look down on themselves. Unfortunately, the effects of these conditions go beyond emotions. If you have spider veins or varicose veins (or both), you have to realize that they can lead to medical problems if you leave them untreated.

 

Spider Veins

Spider veins are thin, fine lines that are red or purple in color and appear just beneath the surface of the skin of your legs. They’re not a serious medical condition, but they can cause discomfort in certain situations. They can cause you to feel a burning sensation and cause your skin to be itchy, giving you the urge to scratch it constantly. Depending on their location and your skin type, they can also be prone to bleeding, particularly when you shave your legs. Of course, if you leave them untreated, they can increase in number and become more prominent and noticeable.

Spider veins can exist on their own, or be associated with varicose veins. This means that, if you have spider veins, you might be more likely to develop varicose veins or may even already have them.

Varicose Veins

Varicose veins can be more serious than spider veins. In the early stages, you may not feel anything nor notice any changes to your skin. However, over time, you might observe changes in your legs’ appearance and feel the symptoms that are associated with this condition. Some of these symptoms include pain, swelling, and a feeling of fatigue and heaviness in your legs, particularly when you stand up or sit down for long periods of time. Your legs may also feel restless, and the skin on them may become itchy.

If you fail to get treatment for your varicose veins, they could get worse and reach an advanced stage. Several complications can arise when this happens, and one of these is lipodermosclerosis, which is the inflammation of the skin and subcutaneous fat. This develops when blood pools in your veins and increases the pressure in them, causing fibrin and other substances to leak out into the surrounding tissues and making them inflamed.

Venous leg ulcers, which are open sores on the legs, can also develop when varicose veins are left untreated for a long time. The high pressure inside the leg veins damages the small veins in the skin, causing the skin to become itchy, inflamed, and more prone to developing sores even when exposed to minimal trauma. Because of the poor blood flow in the legs, these sores don’t heal right away and can become infected over time.

 

While these conditions do not occur in most cases of varicose veins, they illustrate common things that can occur in advanced cases of varicose veins.  To avoid these scenarios, if you have varicose veins, you should seek medical attention from a vascular surgeon who specializes in the treatment of vein diseases. If you live in New Jersey, for example, get in touch with us here at Shore Vascular & Vein Center. We specialize in varicose vein and spider vein removal in the Atlantic County, Cape May County and Ocean County, NJ and surrounding areas and use state-of-the-art procedures and equipment to treat these vascular conditions.

Dr. Gosin Shares the Most Effective Way to Get Rid of Varicose Veins

Quite often, society associates leg problems with unhealthy lifestyles (think cellulite). But there are some issues, like varicose veins, that crop up despite regular activity.

Some people are in constant motion throughout the day, constantly moving around for work, going to the gym, running, or doing other types of exercise and physical activity.  However,  that doesn’t  necessarily stop them from seeing, or feeling the physical symptoms of varicose veins. While at-home methods like compression stocking and exercise (specifically calf workouts) may help temporarily relieve symptoms, the most effective way to get rid of varicose veins is through noninvasive treatments performed by a vein specialist like a Board Certified Vascular Surgeon).

Once you’re ready to be done with uncomfortable varicose veins for good, a professional and knowledgeable vein specialist, like Dr. Jeffrey Gosin and the team at Shore Vascular & Vein Center in Somers Point, New Jersey, will walk you through the process of varicose vein removal. You’ll actually be cared for by one of best vein treatment centers in Atlantic County, Cape May County and Ocean County. Call Shore Vascular & Vein Center at (609) 927-VEIN (8346) to schedule an appointment or find answers to your varicose vein treatment questions.


Serving: Cape May County: Cape May, Villas, Marmora, Avalon, Wildwood, Ocean City, West Cape May, North Cape May, Wildwood Crest, Upper Township, Middle Township, Lower Township, Woodbine, Dennis Township; Atlantic County: Somers Point, Northfield, Linwood, Egg Harbor Township, Mays Landing, Longport, Margate, Ventnor, Atlantic City, Absecon, Brigantine, Galloway Township, Hamilton Township, Hammonton, Pleasantville, Folson, Buena Township; Ocean County: Barnegate, Bay head, Beach Haven, Berkley Township, Brick Township, Easleswood Township, Harvey Cedars, Little Egg Harbor Township, Long Beach Island, Lakehurst, Lakewood Township, Little Egg Harbor Township, Long Beach Township, Ocean Township, Manaloking, Ocean Township, Point Pleasant, Stafford Township, Tuckerton, Toms River Township, South Toms River, Ship Bottom; Cumberland County: Vineland, Millville, Bridgeton, Deerfied Township, Upper Deerfield Township

5 Biggest Varicose Vein Myths, BUSTED

There are a lot of myths out there involving varicose veins and spider veins, what causes them, their treatment methods and so much more. We’re busting some of the most common myths we’ve heard over the years of working in the industry.

Myth 1: Varicose veins are purely a cosmetic problem.

We’ve already busted this myth a few times. While varicose veins are indeed unsightly, their complications and symptoms go far beyond aesthetics. Increased pressure in the leg veins can lead to more serious symptoms such as pain, throbbing, aching, swelling, fatigue and leg heaviness. In extreme cases, the skin on the legs can become damaged, resulting in dark pigmentation and scarring; and one percent of adults over 60 years of age report that they experience chronic problems like skin ulcers.

Myth 2: There’s no point in treating varicose veins since they will always recur.

This myth stems from inadequate treatment methods of the past. The procedures used today (by true vein specialists) are safer, longer-lasting and more efficient. Once veins are successfully treated by a qualified physician, like Dr. Gosin at Shore Vein & Vascular Center, the recurrence rates of vascular veins is typically below 5 percent. In general, if varicose veins do “recur” it’s actually usually a completely new malfunctioning valve, which again, can be quickly and easily treated.

Myth 3: Varicose vein treatments are painful, and more trouble than they’re worth.

Outdated techniques like vein stripping are no longer used by vein specialists, instead, varicose vein treatments have evolved to being non-invasive and relatively quick procedures with short recovery times. We described the best treatments more in depth back in June, but they include the Excel V Laser System, sclerotherapy, phlebectomy, and Venefit procedures. All these are considered outpatient procedures and are typically completed within a couple of hours and most patients are able to return to their normal activities the same day.

Myth 4: Because the treatment of varicose veins is cosmetic, it’s not covered by insurance.

Again, varicose veins are no longer considered just a cosmetic problem (although the treatment of spider veins often is). We’ve found that the majority of insurance companies will cover varicose vein removal procedures – especially when related to a diagnosis of venous reflux disease. In fact, since varicose veins can lead to more serious complications (and more expenses to insurance companies) down the line, they’re actually more eager to pay to have the issue taken care of right way. Coverage is usually dependent on the diagnosis through ultrasonography testing by a licensed phlebologist who will determine the size and dysfunction of the veins in the legs.

Myth 5: I don’t need surgery, compression stockings will cure my varicose veins.

While support stockings seem like a great alternative to seeing a vein specialist and going through with a procedure, they’re simply not effective – especially as a long-term treatment. Once you take them off, they stop working. Compression stockings may provide relief temporarily, but they in no way solve the problem.

Hopefully we’ve answered your questions and have quelled any fears of treating your varicose veins. If you have more concerns or would like more information and are in Atlantic County, Cape May County or Ocean County, New jersey, give Shore Vascular & Vein Center a call at (609) 927-VEIN (8346) for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Serving: Cape May County: Cape May, Villas, Marmora, Avalon, Wildwood, Ocean City, West Cape May, North Cape May, Wildwood Crest, Upper Township, Middle Township, Lower Township, Woodbine, Dennis Township; Atlantic County: Somers Point, Northfield, Linwood, Egg Harbor Township, Mays Landing, Longport, Margate, Ventnor, Atlantic City, Absecon, Brigantine, Galloway Township, Hamilton Township, Hammonton, Pleasantville, Folson, Buena Township; Ocean County: Barnegate, Bay head, Beach Haven, Berkley Township, Brick Township, Easleswood Township, Harvey Cedars, Little Egg Harbor Township, Long Beach Island, Lakehurst, Lakewood Township, Little Egg Harbor Township, Long Beach Township, Ocean Township, Manaloking, Ocean Township, Point Pleasant, Stafford Township, Tuckerton, Toms River Township, South Toms River, Ship Bottom; Cumberland County: Vineland, Millville, Bridgeton, Deerfied Township, Upper Deerfield Township

How to (Almost) Prevent Varicose Veins from Popping Up

We’ve already delved into what causes varicose veins, so you may know that most factors that will determine whether or not you’re affected by the ailment, can’t be controlled. These uncontrolled causes include gender, age and family medical history. Thankfully though, there are factors you can do something about, so if you find yourself predisposed to the condition, read on to find out lifestyle factors that can influence the likelihood of you developing varicose veins or spider veins, and find out what you can do to prevent – or at least delay – their onset.

Obesity

Being obese or even overweight can put an added pressure on the veins in your legs. The buildup of fat in your limbs surrounds and squeezes the vein, and valves can start to malfunction. When this happens, blood can start to backflow and then pool, causing the veins to become noticeably varicose.

How to fix it: Get regular exercise (which will also help your blood flow!) and maintain a healthy diet. Not only does this lead to a healthier overall lifestyle but it also helps with blood pressure (which can affect the strength of your veins) as well.

Prolonged standing or sitting

Sitting or standing for a prolonged period of time can prohibit your blood from flowing as efficiently as it would with regular movement. Not only is maintaining one of these positions for a long time uncomfortable, but it makes your veins work harder to pump blood up to your heart. The added effort can lead to the veins becoming swollen and varicose.

How to fix it: There are plenty of smartphone apps or wearable pieces out there that will alert you when you’ve been inactive – invest in one. Or at the very least, set an alarm on your phone to go off every 20 to 60 minutes to alert you to change your position. If you’ve been sitting at a desk, go for a short walk whenever it goes off; if you’ve been standing, ask to take a break and go sit down for five minutes.

Hormonal changes

Whether it’s pregnancy, menopause or birth control pills, hormones can influence the appearance of varicose and spider veins. Pregnancy, in particular, can increase the likelihood of developing them because the volume of the blood in a woman’s body increases during pregnancy, but the blood flow from her legs to pelvis does not – resulting in the veins becoming swollen, especially towards the end of pregnancy. And again, changes in hormone levels during pregnancy can also add to the likelihood of developing varicose veins.

How to fix it: We would never tell you not to get pregnant or take birth control (and clearly, you can’t help going through menopause), but you can talk to a doctor about your hormone levels. If varicose veins are a concern bring it up with your general physician and they may be able to help you maintain healthy hormone levels.

It’s important to note though, varicose veins aren’t completely preventable, so if you find them showing up or already have them, give Dr. Jeffrey Gosin at Shore Vascular & Vein Center a call at (609) 927-VEIN (8346) or visit the Somers Point office for more information, to get diagnosed or to receive treatments.

 

Serving: Cape May County: Cape May, Villas, Marmora, Avalon, Wildwood, Ocean City, West Cape May, North Cape May, Wildwood Crest, Upper Township, Middle Township, Lower Township, Woodbine, Dennis Township; Atlantic County: Somers Point, Northfield, Linwood, Egg Harbor Township, Mays Landing, Longport, Margate, Ventnor, Atlantic City, Absecon, Brigantine, Galloway Township, Hamilton Township, Hammonton, Pleasantville, Folson, Buena Township; Ocean County: Barnegate, Bay head, Beach Haven, Berkley Township, Brick Township, Easleswood Township, Harvey Cedars, Little Egg Harbor Township, Long Beach Island, Lakehurst, Lakewood Township, Little Egg Harbor Township, Long Beach Township, Ocean Township, Manaloking, Ocean Township, Point Pleasant, Stafford Township, Tuckerton, Toms River Township, South Toms River, Ship Bottom; Cumberland County: Vineland, Millville, Bridgeton, Deerfied Township, Upper Deerfield Township