When you have vein problems, you may wonder if these issues are impacting your heart. It makes sense, after all, your veins carry blood to your heart. So issues like spider veins and varicose veins seem like they would affect your heart health.
At Heart of Dixie Vein & Vascular, we want to help our patients keep their vascular systems healthy and educate them on common vascular issues. Learn more about heart health and varicose veins in this guide.
Varicose Veins and Heart Health
While varicose veins cause unpleasant symptoms such as achy and tired legs, they aren’t linked to heart issues. In most studies, varicose veins don’t mean you have an increased risk of heart issues, such as heart disease.
While veins carry blood back to the heart, arteries carry blood from the heart to the body. So, poor circulation issues from artery problems are more of a concern for heart health than varicose veins.
How to Protect Your Heart Health
Varicose veins might not lead to increased risks of heart problems. However, heart health is still important, especially if you have any increased risk factors such as genetics or age. If you want to prevent heart disease and other heart issues, we suggest the following:
- Exercising regularly
- Staying away from smoking as well as secondhand smoke
- Visiting your physician regularly for heart health check-ups
- Watching what you eat and avoiding foods high in cholesterol
Taking care of your heart is vital at any age. And, the older you get, the more critical it is to address your heart health. If you notice any issues or concerns related to your heart, make an appointment with a physician right away.
How to Reduce Your Risk of Varicose Veins
While varicose veins aren’t usually a significant health concern, they can still be painful and impact our self-confidence. If you want to reduce your risk of varicose veins, make an appointment with us today to learn more. You can also do the following to lower your risk:
- Avoid crossing your legs when sitting
- Try not to stand or sit for too long at one time
- Get regular exercise
- Remain at a healthy weight
- Don’t wear tight-fitting clothes.
If you have varicose veins already and are looking for treatment options, Heart of Dixie Vein & Vascular is here to assist you with many non-invasive, effective procedures.
Protect Your Vein and Heart Health
Taking care of your heart health is vital, even more so if you have increased risk factors. If you have questions about your vein or heart health, request an appointment with Heart of Dixie Vein & Vascular today.