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Notice any slight bulges in your veins over the winter? Maybe the first dark-colored tinges of blue or purple? If so, you might be concerned about varicose veins this summer. While new treatments for varicose veins have made the condition more manageable than ever before, you still want to do everything you can to prevent varicose veins in the first place.

Check out these five ways you can prevent varicose veins in the future. (Also, be sure you’re already practicing the top four prevention strategies.)

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Improving Circulation for Varicose Veins

Are varicose veins making your legs feel tired, heavy and sluggish? Improving circulation for varicose veins doesn’t just affect your comfort – it also affects your health. Poor circulation can increase risk for blood clotting, stroke, atherosclerosis and other health issues. Take a look at the graphic below to see how circulation is impaired in varicose veins.


How You Can Improve Circulation…

  • Dress smart. There are many garments you can buy, such as compression stockings and flat shoes that exercise the calf muscles, which may improve your condition. Be sure to avoid tight belts around the waist, as these can make it harder for your veins to pump blood back up to the heart.
  • Stay active. I’m always encouraging my varicose vein patients here in Phoenix, Mesa, and Tempe to get out and exercise! Enjoy the natural beauty. Go for a hike; swim; walk around the neighborhood; bike. Low-impact exercise that gets your cardiovascular activity up helps improve circulation for varicose veins.
  • Try yoga. Is cardiovascular activity not possible at this time due to health conditions? Try these exercises and stretches for varicose veins. 
  • Eat well. Eating well can improve circulation and vascular health. Here are four elements you may not know about for creating a vein-healthy diet. My colleague has written about other dietary guidelines for varicose veins here.

Varicose Veins In the Legs? Schedule a Free Consultation

More patients with varicose veins in the East Valley area are learning about Venefit Targeted Endovenous Therapy, a safe, in-office procedure that eliminates painful and dangerous varicose veins once and for all. There’s hardly any scarring, bruising or swelling. Plus, patients experience a faster recovery with better outcomes than seen in traditional laser ablation. Learn more.

Schedule your free consultation at our Phoenix office (call 602-234-0004) or East Mesa office (call 480-380-1404).
Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.

Author: Hassan S. Makki, D.O., FACC

– And Other Questions…

At Valley Vein Center (Phoenix), I frequently perform sclerotherapy for patients with spider veins and small varicose veins. This procedure is fast, relatively easy to perform (compared to surgery or other more invasive techniques), and effective. However, it takes at least a few weeks in order to see the results. Patients, be patient.

“How long does it take to see results?”

Expect to wait at least three to six weeks to see the results. Some varicose veins, depending on their size, could take as long as three to four months to resolve after sclerotherapy. Don’t worry – this doesn’t mean the procedure’s not working. Rather, it’s important to understand what’s going on with the veins…

During the procedure, a special solution is injected into the vein, causing it to collapse. As a result, blood no longer flows through the vein, and it turns into scar tissue. This tissue is then absorbed into the rest of the leg and fades from view.

After the initial injection, the rest of the process consists of work that your body naturally does on its own. The amount of time it takes for your body to form and resorb scar tissue is largely up to a number of patient-specific factors, including your body chemistry, health, diet, and lifestyle.

“I heard you have to have more than one session. Is that true?”

Generally, yes, patients will have more than one sclerotherapy session at Valley Vein Center. Larger spider veins and varicose veins are more likely to need additional, follow-up injections.

“Does sclerotherapy work?”

Sclerotherapy is successful in approximately 90 percent of all patients. It’s considered the gold standard for treating spider veins, and is a highly effective procedure in smaller varicose veins.

Schedule Your Consultation: Sclerotherapy In Phoenix

To schedule your consultation with a vein specialist in Phoenix, AZ at Valley Vein Center, call 602-234-0004 or schedule an appointment online. Many patients have already discovered the joy of seeing their legs have clear, healthy skin once again. Schedule your appointment to begin your journey of restoration.

Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.

According to the American College of Phlebology, up to 50 percent of women in the U.S. may be affected by varicose veins or spider veins in their lifetime. That makes women four times more likely to have varicose veins than men! There are several reasons why women are more affected by varicose veins. Check out three common reasons below…

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For some patients developing varicose veins, it’s easy to think the only issue at hand is a cosmetic issue. And, while it’s true that varicose veins may not look all too flattering, there’s much more to the picture. I frequently have to inform patients that varicose veins are a serious medical issue associated with chronic venous insufficiency (CVI).

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Noticed any broken blood vessels or bulging veins in your legs recently? If so, you might be wondering if you have varicose veins or spider veins. Maybe some of both? Learn the difference between varicose veins and spider veins, as well as your treatment options for both conditions…

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When most of my patients hear about Venefit (TM), a new treatment option for varicose veins, they’re impressed. After all, with less pain and bruising (compared to other surgeries), little to no scarring, and a high likelihood of returning to your normal activities in a day or two, what’s not to love?

But there’s always at least one question: the “insurance question.”

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If you’ve recently developed varicose veins, you may not feel like wearing the shorts or dresses that you once loved. While various treatment options can help restore your legs’ health and appearance, it’s important to choose supportive varicose vein clothing in the meantime.

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Choosing between all of the varicose vein treatment options currently available can be a difficult decision. “What are the risks? Is varicose vein treatment painful? Are there complications I should know about?” These are just a few of the many questions I hear from my patients in Phoenix, Mesa and Tempe.

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Do you suffer from varicose veins? If so, you may have tried dietary changes, supplements and other lifestyle changes in order to manage your pain. But have you considered yoga for varicose veins?

Many individuals with varicose veins have found that stretching and exercise can improve circulation, strengthen the leg muscles that support veins and promote their overall sense of wellbeing. Learn how to do three recommended exercises for varicose veins below. (As always, consult with your physician before beginning a new exercise program.)

#1 Leg Stretch

Lie down on your back, using a yoga mat for comfort. Lift up your leg, and take a stretch band in both hands (or a towel if you don’t have a band); push against the band with the bottom of your foot, fully extending your leg. Bend and straighten the leg four to five times, holding the full-extension position for several seconds each time. Repeat this exercise with each leg.

#2 Legs on the Wall

Another good yoga exercise for varicose veins is the elevated leg pose. In this exercise, lie on your back, placing your legs on a wall. Bring your buttocks as close to the wall as you can. (You can slide a pillow under your tailbone for support and comfort.) Relax and hold this pose for five minutes.

#3 Seated Hamstring Stretch

Next, sit on the floor with your legs stretched out directly in front of you and your back straight. Keeping your back straight, bend forward towards your toes; hold the pose for at least 10-15 seconds (longer if you can). Repeat.

Does Yoga for Varicose Veins Really Work?

While yoga – or any form of exercise for varicose veins – will not cure your condition, it may provide relief from discomfort. Ultimately, however, many patients will need treatment for their varicose veins.

Schedule a Free Varicose Vein Consultation

For a free varicose vein screening and consultation, call our Phoenix office at 602-234-0004 or East Mesa office at 480-380-1404.
Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.



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