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Prevention of varicose veins on legs?

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Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology
8 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. James Isobe
Dr. James Isobe
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Dr. John Landi
Phlebology
5 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. John Landi
Dr. John Landi
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3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. George T Tsai
Dr. George T Tsai
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Dr. Douglas Joyce
Phlebology
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Douglas Joyce
Dr. Douglas Joyce
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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Ted King
Dr. Ted King
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Dr. Norman Chideckel
Surgery - Vascular

In brief: Varicose veins

compression stockings

In brief: Varicose veins

compression stockings
Dr. Norman Chideckel
Dr. Norman Chideckel
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