At our New Jersey vein clinic, we would love to tell you that we now know so much about reducing the risk factors for vein disease that we can successfully prevent it. No more varicose veins, no more chronic venous insufficiency, and no more deep vein thrombosis or deaths caused by it.
We’d love to be able to say this, but it isn’t true.
Sadly, some of the risk factors that make you more likely to get vein disease we just can’t do anything about. Your age, your gender, and your family history are still going to be real risk factors that can lead to real cases of vein disease. If you’re female and over 40, your vein disease risk will remain high because of changes associated with pregnancy, birth control pills, or hormone replacement therapy. And if your mother or father had varicose veins, there is still a high risk that you will develop them, too…even if you’re a man. That’s the bad news.
The good news is that there are many vein disease risk factors we CAN do something about
For example, two of the biggest risk factors for vein disease are being overweight or obese and smoking. If you fall into either category, you can drastically reduce your risk of developing vein disease by losing weight and by stopping smoking. Every pound you lose decreases pressure on your veins and thus your vein disease risk. And stopping smoking not only reduces your vein disease risk, it lowers your blood pressure and decreases your risk of heart attack.
Another vein disease risk factor kills more people every year than smoking
This risk factor – inactivity – is less well-known, because its dangers are only recently being discovered. Researchers have determined that sitting too much and failing to get sufficient aerobic exercise contributes not only to vein disease, but also to heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and cancer. At our New Jersey vein clinic, we work with our patients to help them develop more active lifestyles that will keep them healthy…and yes – prevent vein disease.
The most important thing you can do to prevent vein disease is find out what your risk level is and whether you already have it
This you can do by simply picking up a telephone and calling your New Jersey vascular doctors at 201-299-4479 or go online to make an appointment for a venous health screening. During this checkup, Dr. Rick Pumill will be able to accurately assess your overall vein disease risk – painlessly and using non-invasive tests. If he finds that you don’t have vein disease but your risk for it is high, he will help you to lower those risks. If he finds that you already have vein disease, he’ll present treatment options for vein removal in New Jersey. Knowing the results of your screening is the most important step in prevention because at that point you can begin to take steps to keep vein disease from occurring.