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What can be done to prevent problems with varicose veins?

If you are working in theatre or the arts, varicose veins is something you don’t want to have trouble you. Being in the public eye as an actress or actor brings with it a certain level of publicity, so here is an article to help all you performers out there.

Varicose veins are swollen veins which are usually visible under the skin. Varicose veins are commonly blue or purple in colour and tend to affect older people. In some cases, varicose veins can be lumpy and twisted. Although they do not usually cause pain or any harm to general health, many people with varicose veins dislike the appearance of the veins, which can affect the way they dress and the way they feel about their appearance, and a majority seek varicose veins treatment, as offered by experienced and qualified clinicians at The Private Clinic.

Varicose veins are caused by blood flowing backwards into the vein, which usually occurs as a result of a weakened valve in the vein. The blood usually flows back to the heart through the veins without any problem, but if the walls of the veins are stretched, causing the valve to become weakened, the blood may flow back into the vein, which causes blood to collect and the vein to become swollen. In many cases, it is unknown why the walls of the vein become stretched but some risk factors have been identified, including:

  • Pregnancy
  • Gender (women are more likely to have varicose veins)
  • Age (varicose veins are more common in older people)
  • Being overweight

How can I prevent varicose veins?

It may be impossible to prevent varicose veins and treatment for varicose vein removal is often needed, but there are some steps you can take to try and reduce your risk of developing them or reducing the swelling of existing veins. These include:

– Avoid sitting still or standing for a long period of time: try to move around on a regular basis and if you have a desk job or a job that involves sitting down or standing for long periods of time, take regular breaks, try to move your body around and change your body position. If you do sit down for long periods of time, try to avoid crossing your legs.

– Take breaks: take regular breaks throughout the day and walk around, shake your legs out and get the blood flowing. If you can try to raise your legs, which you can do by lying down and resting your legs on cushions or pillows to help your circulation.

– Exercise: exercise has numerous health benefits and is very important for good circulation. Exercise keeps the blood flowing around your body, as well as toning and strengthening your muscles, keeping your body weight healthy, keeping your blood pressure stable, reducing your risk of mental health problems and improving your flexibility. Try to do at least 30 minutes of exercise 5 times a week. This should include activities that raise your heart rate, from doing the housework or walking to the shops, to rock climbing and cycling.

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