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How do you prevent getting varicose veins as you get older?

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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology
6 doctors agree

In brief: Maybe not much

There are several things that can probably help to prevent varicose veins.
Unfortunately, even if you do everything right (use prescription compression stockings, don't stand too long, don't gain weight, get exercise, put your feet up as much as you can, etc.) varicose veins can develop anyway. Age and heredity increase tendency to get varicose veins. So there may be little you can do.

In brief: Maybe not much

There are several things that can probably help to prevent varicose veins.
Unfortunately, even if you do everything right (use prescription compression stockings, don't stand too long, don't gain weight, get exercise, put your feet up as much as you can, etc.) varicose veins can develop anyway. Age and heredity increase tendency to get varicose veins. So there may be little you can do.
Dr. Ted King
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Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Compression stocking

Compression stockings can help with leg swelling and possibly slowing the progression of the disease of venous reflux.
They do fix the reflux but they can help with the symptomatlogy of swelling, pain and heavyness in the legs. They are considered first line treatment for varicose veins.

In brief: Compression stocking

Compression stockings can help with leg swelling and possibly slowing the progression of the disease of venous reflux.
They do fix the reflux but they can help with the symptomatlogy of swelling, pain and heavyness in the legs. They are considered first line treatment for varicose veins.
Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
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Dr. Tracy Berg
Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Compression devices

Compression devices directly address the damaged valves inside your veins.
Which leads to venous hypertension. The compression squeeze decreases edema and tissue swelling, helps improve venous return. They are not a cure. But compression is first line therapy. Knee high devices generally are best tolerated.

In brief: Compression devices

Compression devices directly address the damaged valves inside your veins.
Which leads to venous hypertension. The compression squeeze decreases edema and tissue swelling, helps improve venous return. They are not a cure. But compression is first line therapy. Knee high devices generally are best tolerated.
Dr. Tracy Berg
Dr. Tracy Berg
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