Vein disease and heart disease are very different, both in the ways that they are diagnosed and in how they are treated. But according to Dr. John Chuback, a top vein doctor in Bergen County, vein disease and heart disease are linked because they share a common set of risk factors that make people more or less likely to develop the diseases. Partly because of this causal link, treatments that reduce your risk of vein disease also reduce your risk of heart disease.
Protecting your veins can also protect your heart
As an example of these linked risk factors, and how treating them can improve both your vein health and your heart health, consider one of the biggest preventable risk factors for both diseases – smoking cigarettes. Stopping smoking will not only help to prevent varicose veins (or reduce their painful symptoms if you already have them), it will lower your blood pressure and thus your risk of heart disease.
Another preventable risk factor that causes both vein disease and heart disease is being overweight. Every extra pound you carry around places pressure on your veins and makes them more susceptible to disease, but it also does the same thing for your arteries and your heart. By losing weight, you can cut your risk of either vein disease or heart disease in half within a year. Maintaining a healthy weight becomes even more critical if you have either type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
The most dangerous lifestyle choice for both vein and heart health is inactivity
Recent studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and articles in the respected medical journal The Lancet have called inactivity (not just “not getting enough exercise” but the even more dangerous “sitting too much”) as a global epidemic, one that kills more people every year worldwide than smoking. And again, when you follow your New Jersey vein expert’s advice and get more exercise to reduce your symptoms of vein disease, you’re benefitting your heart with every step you take while walking or jogging.
So if you have been procrastinating and putting off treatment recommended by your vein treatment center in New Jersey, it’s time you reconsidered. Seeking treatment for your varicose veins may actually help to keep your heart healthy and help to keep you alive and happy for many more years. Give us a call at 201-693-4847 and we’ll explain how to get the process started.