If there is one question that, as New Jersey vascular doctors, we are asked most often, it is “I know that you’re the doctor, but what can I do to improve my own vein health?” Because that’s a really good question, we’ll answer it in this article.
First, it’s important to understand that some of the causes of vascular disease are things that you are “stuck with” and can’t do anything about, like your age, your gender, and your heredity (whether vein disease “runs in your family”). You can’t change any of these particular risk factors. But there are proactive steps that you can take to reduce other vein disease risk factors so that you can stay healthy.
The three most important things you can do to lower your vein disease risk
- Get a vascular health screening. Please don’t think this tip is a ploy to get you to come in to see us. It’s not – it’s the most important tip we can offer, for the simple reason that many of the symptoms of venous or arterial disease are things you would never be able to notice on your own. It really takes an in-depth examination using specialized equipment like Doppler ultrasound to detect the presence of “hidden” conditions such as varicose veins that don’t appear on the surface of the skin or more dangerous conditions such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). So you really need a professional screening to make sure your veins are healthy. The good news about this, however, is that these screenings take only about an hour, they are completely painless and non-invasive, and that they allow your New Jersey vein doctors to detect whether you have vascular disease currently, or are at high risk of getting it.
- Avoid behaviors and lifestyle choices that increase your risk. The risk factor you can eliminate immediately is if you currently smoke cigarettes. Stop, and you decrease your vascular risk tremendously. Similarly, if you are overweight or obese, losing weight will also reduce your risk. Avoid tight clothing like SPANX and other “shapewear” that presses on key points of your legs and thighs and thus reduces circulation, and invest in some good walking shoes that don’t have overly high heels. If you have a family history of vein disease, consider finding alternatives to birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy, both of which increase your vein disease risk.
- Get more activity, starting today. Focus on gentle, regular exercises like walking, swimming, and yoga. Just adding 30 minutes of walking a day to your normal routine will significantly lower your risk of developing vascular disease. Also, try to avoid activities that turn you into a “couch potato,” because inactivity has been shown to be one of the most significant health risks in the world today, contributing not only to the spread of vein disease but also to diabetes, heart disease, and circulatory problems of all kinds. If you have to sit at your desk all day at your job, take breaks every hour to get up and walk around and keep your blood circulating. While you’re sitting, try to avoid crossing your legs, and change your position often.
For more prevention tips, contact the experts at Chuback Medical Group
The three tips listed above are just a few of the ways that a top vein doctor in Bergen County can help you take precautions to prevent vascular disease. But the most important tip is the first one – get a checkup! The sooner you know the current state of your circulatory health and your existing risk factors for disease, the sooner you can start taking further steps to prevent disease. So call us today at 201-693-4847. We’re here to help you in any way we can.