Summertime is officially upon us and the days will only grow hotter and hotter —and that could be problematic for people with varicose veins. If you are living with varicose veins, here are a few tips to stay comfortable and safe in the summer sun.
Heat – Hot temperatures can cause blood vessels to expand or dilate. In people with varicose veins, circulation is compromised by weak valves and vein walls that allow blood to flow backward and pool in the legs. Inflammation from heat will likely worsen symptoms like achiness and heaviness.
Hydration – There’s a good reason why you keep hearing the same old advice about drinking more water. Keeping your body hydrated offers many benefits, including better circulation. The human body is made up of more than 60% water, and blood is about 92% water. Proper hydration is essential to maintaining the right balance of fluids inside the body and improving circulation.
Activity – Staying active and stretching your legs can help to improve circulation and alleviate symptoms of varicose veins. To beat the heat and still get exercise in, try swimming or taking an early morning walk before the temperatures rise and the humidity sets in.
Vacations – Many vacations include long plane trips or car rides, which could be dangerous for people with varicose veins. If you have varicose veins, you’re at an increased risk for deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a potentially deadly condition in which a blood clot forms in a deep vein and may travel to the lungs. Sitting for long periods of time, in a plane or a car, is also a risk factor for developing DVT. Warning signs of DVT include pain or swelling in the legs. If the clot travels to the lungs, warning signs include shortness of breath and chest pain.
Schedule a Consultation – If you are living with varicose veins and are ready to take the next step, schedule a consultation with Dr. Keith Sterling and the interventional radiology experts at Advanced Interventional Vein and Vascular Center. You’ll receive a thorough medical exam, including an ultrasound, to help you learn about your unique diagnosis and treatment options. To schedule your consultation, call our vein care coordinator at 703-824-3228.
You don’t have to suffer with varicose veins anymore.