Posted on June 18, 2018 by Cathy Brown

If you suffer from varicose veins, our hot Arizona summers may not be your favorite time of year—and not just because summer fashions expose your legs and you can fry an egg on the sidewalk.

Although heat doesn’t cause varicose veins, it can aggravate them. Here’s why. When your body heats up, the veins dilate to allow more blood to flow to the surface of the skin. That, combined with sweating, helps your body avoid overheating. This increased blood flow is the reason your skin may be red after a hot shower or after doing outdoor chores in the midday sun.

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Posted on May 11, 2018 by Cathy Brown

Now that summer is in full swing in the Valley of the Sun, lots of people are heading for the pool. If you have spider veins running down your legs, though, you may find yourself wanting to cover up instead.

In most cases spider veins are harmless, but if they bother you, getting rid of them is a fairly simple process.

Spider veins show up as thin, wavy, purplish lines that spread out a bit like a spider web over your legs. Both men and women can get them, but they’re more common in women.

Genetics seems to play a role in who develops spider veins; if your mother or...

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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. 

There are two reasons for...

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