Put your best leg forward this spring

March 15, 2016  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees

Warm weather is finally within reach which is great news unless you’re worried about varicose veins being seen while wearing shorts, skirts and swimsuits.

The characteristic unsightly, bulging blue varicose veins are more common than you might imagine and Dr. Thomas Wakefield, a vascular surgeon and a director of the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center, talked to Michigan Prime magazine, which is distributed to Detroit Free Press and Detroit News subscribers, about treating them.

Even in your 60s and 70s, treatment can help and starts with a visit to a primary care provider.

“Conservative treatment includes elements of a good vein health program, including surgical compression stockings, fitted for the patient by prescription,” says Wakefield.

While varicose veins occur more frequently in older people, those who are overweight, those with family history, those who stand for long periods or those who have a history of phlebitis or deep vein thrombosis are also at risk.

Website: http://www.umcvc.org/conditions-treatments/venous-disease