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Posted on April 09, 2018 by Cathy Brown

If you have varicose veins in your legs, does that mean you should stay off your feet? Not necessarily. The right kind of exercise can actually help keep blood from pooling in your legs.

Varicose veins develop when ineffective or weak valves in your veins have trouble moving blood from your legs to the heart. When this happens, blood flows backward, “pooling” within your veins and causing spider veins and varicose veins. Although exercise won’t make your varicose veins go away, it may help prevent them from getting worse and help you avoid new ones. 

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Posted on March 13, 2018 by Cathy Brown

Because our job is to take care of vein problems, we talk a lot about what goes wrong with veins. Today we thought we’d share some fun facts about what goes right with the body’s blood vessels—which include the veins, arteries, and capillaries.

They’re pretty amazing when you think about it. For one thing, your system of blood vessels is vast—if each blood vessel in your body were laid out in one long line, it would stretch to more than 60,000 miles long.

The system is kind of like a tree, with the main arteries and veins representing the trunk and smaller veins and arteries...

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Posted on February 14, 2018 by Cathy Brown

Compression stocking or socks have been around for decades. They’re often associated with older women with varicose veins. And it’s true, they can be a great help for people suffering with varicose veins and similar conditions.

But did you know that flight attendants, marathon runners, pregnant women, and airline passengers also sometimes wear compression socks or stockings?

Compression stockings can help move blood more efficiently from the legs to the heart and prevent it from pooling and possibly clotting in the legs and feet. This can help prevent varicose veins, spider...

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