I thought I knew what a varicose vein was, but I really did not! When TheMotherhood asked me to participate in this campaign (disclosure – I am being compensated, but opinions my own), Rethink Varicose Veins, I said yes because I knew my grandma had a lot of problems with her legs and I wanted to know if it was hereditary and/or what I could do to not get them myself. Boy have I learned a lot!
- Spider veins are not varicose veins
I thought those crooked little veins that were really visible on your legs were varicose veins – WRONG – those are actually spider veins. Varicose veins actually bulge under the skin. My grandma had both of these things. Both are caused by dysfunctional vein valves and you should still check with your doctor on both.
- Men get varicose veins too
Who knew? I had honestly thought varicose veins were just a problem for women. However women are 2-3 times more likely to get them mostly due to pregnancy.
- Genetics play a part
Sadly I learned that my grandma having them could put me at higher risk for developing varicose veins too.
- Treatment Covered by Insurance
Because varicose veins are not just a cosmetic issue like so many of us think, the treatment is usually covered by insurance.
- Even Athletes Can Get Varicose Veins
I just never thought someone like Summer Sanders, an Olympic Gold Medalist, would have an issue like varicose veins. She shared her story with us at a recent webinar and you can learn about it on the website too. Summer will also be with us at the Twitter party.
Okay, so the next image is not pretty but it shows you what a varicose vein looks like – those bulging veins – in the far left. The other images are chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). There are more than 30 million people who suffer from both of these conditions but less than 10% of them talk to a doctor about the problem. Varicose veins are one of the first signs of CVI which can continue to progress to worsening stages if left untreated. Apparently treatment has improved greatly over the years too. Now there are minimally-invasive treatment options and you can get right back to your life.
I learned that varicose veins are not preventable but they can be 100% cured with treatment. But I did learn there are some things that can help. Weight was a big issue for me obviously. I am so glad I have been losing weight which is lessening that risk factor for me. Along those same lines my blood pressure is getting better and I am much more physically active. I do not do a lot of prolonged standing, but if you do make sure you take breaks and also look into wearing compression stockings. They are not all those old icky looking things any longer, they make them in many styles and colors now that are cute. I actually have some that I wear on long flights to help keep my ankles from swelling. Working on strengthening your calf muscles can also be helpful.
How about winning a trip to a spa this November? Rethink Varicose Veins is having a sweepstakes with this fabulous prize. Just take the quick self-assessment survey about varicose veins and after follow the instructions to enter the sweepstakes online. Hurry, you only have until August 1, 2013 to enter.
Learn More at the Twitter Party
What: #RethinkVariose Twitter Party
Topic: Learn about the signs, symptoms, and risk factors of varicose veins and VIA and the latest minimally-invasive treatment options along with Summer Sanders, US Olympic Gold Medalist, TV correspondent, blogger, and mom!
When: Thursday, July 18 1-2pm CT
Prizes: 5 winners each will receive a $50 Visa Gift Card from TheMotherhood
Hosts: @theMotherhood @CooperMunroe @EmilyMcKhann @SummerSanders_ and I’ll be there too @RobynsWorld with several of my blogging buddies!
To thank you for taking the time to Rethink Varicose Veins, they have provided another set of prizes for me to share with you all here on my blog.
The Giveaway: 2 winners each will receive cards to download 5 songs of their choice from Amplified.
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