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prevention of varicose veins on legs?

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Dr. George T Tsai
General Surgery 27 years experience
Proper support: Staying in shape, exercise frequently (while avoiding leg trauma), wear supportive stockings - especially when traveling long distance where prolonged sitting or standing is unavoidable. Get proper medical evaluation when you begin to notice varicosities on your legs. If you have bad genetics, prevention may not be possible but your efforts will still be worthwhile.
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 54 years experience
No good way: Venous incompetence which leads to vv is a result of heredity, pregnancy, lifestyle (prolonged standing/sitting), age, obesity, and there are conservative measures which may help in decreasing the symptoms (leg pain, swelling, fatigue, heaviness, cramping, restless legs): compression hose, exercise, elevation of legs. Trained phlebologist can help advise you.
Dr. Ted King
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None: Unfortunately, the major cause of varicose veins is heredity. If one parent has varicose veins, each child has a 45% chance of getting them. If both parents have them, each child has a 95% chance. There are things you can do that will make your veins bother you more or less, as mentioned by drs. Isobe and tsai, but it you were dealt the varicose vein card from your genetic deck, you are stuck.
Dr. John Landi
Phlebology 47 years experience
Support Hose: Varicose veins are due to malfunctioning valves of the saphenous system of veins. These veins malfunction for many reasons including genetics, aging, trauma and standing. The best way to try to prevent VV's would be to wear support hose, keep the weight down and stay physically fit. Even doing all of these things is no guarantee that VV's will not occur.
Dr. Douglas Joyce
Phlebology 40 years experience
Treat the cause: Compression stockings can relieve the symptoms of venous insufficiency but they do not address the underlying problem which is dysfunction of the vein valves. It is like putting a broken arm in a sling. It will help the pain while the sling is on but will do nothing to heal the arm. A specialist in venous disease can diagnose and treat this disease with excellent results.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

Prevention and care of varicose veins on legs advice needed?

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Dr. Ted King
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Compression stocking: There are a few things that can probably help. Try to avoid standing for long periods of time, if possible. Lose weight, if overweight. Wear at least 20-30 mm hg graduated compression stockings. Get regular exercise. Unfortunately, you can't can't do anything about aging. The biggest factor is heredity, which you also can't do anything about since you can't change your grandparents.

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