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3 Activities Vein Specialists Suggest to Prevent Varicose Veins

Updated on February 15, 2013

Varicose veins are veins that get filled with large amounts of blood, causing them to twist and get swollen. These bulging veins are visible just under the skin’s surface. These veins usually visible on the legs, but can develop on any part of the body. Varicose veins can cause mild to moderate pain, skin ulcers and blood clot. Causes of varicose veins include obesity, standing for long hours and wearing badly fitting shoes. While varicose veins can be treated, a vein specialist will advise you to take preventive measures. This will eliminate the expensive cosmetic and medical treatments in the future.

There are some activities that exert less strain on the veins, keep weight under control and keep muscles fit. These activities can prevent development of varicose veins. Here are 3 activities vein specialists suggest to prevent varicose veins:


Swimming, in particular breast stroke, is as intensive as any other cardiovascular workout, but it reduces the effect of gravity and hence is often recommended for preventing and even reducing varicose veins. It helps to improve blood circulation and reduces pressure on the legs and thereby reducing the possibility of developing varicose veins. In addition, swimming helps in weight loss, improve flow of oxygen through the body, tones muscles and improves flexibility. If you have not been physically active, consult a vein specialist before you start swimming.


Cycling is a moderately intensive exercise that can prevent varicose veins. By cycling for just 30 minutes a day, you can increase blood flow to your legs and strengthen tendons and muscles that support the veins in your legs. This, in turn, helps to prevent varicose veins. Often this activity is recommended to pregnant women, who are at risk of developing varicose veins due to pressure exerted by the uterus on the inferior vena cava. However, others can also benefit from it.


Walking for about 30 minutes a day helps to improve blood circulation, aid in weight loss and strengthens the muscles and veins in the legs. People, who have a desk job, can take a break every 20 minutes and walk about to improve their blood circulation and reduce the chances of getting blood clots. In addition, they should also elevate their legs while sitting for prolonged periods of time to prevent the blood from flowing back towards the heart which can result in varicose veins.

A vein specialist will tell you that any aerobic exercise that increases your blood circulation and strengthens muscles can prevent varicose veins.


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      Yaamini Radhakrishnan 5 years ago

      Varicose veins have become a very common problem these days. one should seriously take care. This information is really helpful