Posted on July 15, 2016 by Texas Vein & Wellness Institute
If you’ve started to notice bulging veins in your legs or you have a family history of varicose veins, then you may be wondering what you can do to reduce your risk of developing these painful veins or lower the discomfort associated with this condition. Read on to learn about risk factors and things you can do to reduce the risk of developing varicose veins.
If you stand or sit for an extended period of time, you risk decreased blood circulation in your legs, which increases your risk of developing varicose veins. Other risk factors include sex as women are more prone to these than men, increasing age, pregnancy, family history and trauma to the leg.
If you have a job that requires you to stand or sit for long periods of time, be sure to change your position frequently and move around every 30 minutes. Stretch or walk around whenever to keep the blood moving. Also try elevating your legs above your heart for 15 minutes before you go to work or when you come home to help move your blood through your veins.