6 Ways to Practice Self-Care

6 Ways to Practice Self-Care

Self-care simply refers to taking care of ourselves so we can be the best version of ourselves. Self-care should be part of everyone’s life. We all deserve it.

The American Psychological Association even encourages mental health professionals to practice self-care to not only to help themselves but so they can better help their patients.


Benefits of Self-care

Self-care involves every aspect of your life. It can range from the choices you make about foods to allowing yourself to express your emotions. All self-care choices involve improving your own physical, emotional, and mental well-being.

Taking care of your body is critical to any self-care plan. However, mental and emotional self-care also play a tremendous role in your physical health.

Self-care will help to reduce your anxiety, stress, depression, and frustration and even help you stay healthy. It will increase your happiness, energy, and performance—and enable you to better help others. It’s particularly important in times of stress when people tend to neglect their own needs.

Self-care is not the same for everyone and it should never feel like a burden. Start by making small changes to things you want to improve. The positive effects will inspire you to make additional changes.

Here are 6 ways to show your body self-care.


Move Your Body

The human body was meant to move, and people usually feel better once they get moving. And if there aren’t physical limitations, the more your body moves, the more it will want to move the next day.

There is a connection between body movement and:

  • Improved mental health
  • Better mood
  • Reduced depression

Try to focus on movement—not exercise. Exercise can sound like a chore—and may lead to increased stress since you now have one more “have to do” on your list.


Closeup of a man enjoying the fresh air during a walk in the park


Simple movements like straightening up your living room, taking a walk, or watering plants aren’t part of an exercise routine, but they get your body moving and boost circulation.

If you’re not used to moving, start by trying to move for just 10 minutes at a time. This can mean walking your dog or even dancing alone in your living room.

Once you get used to moving, you may feel excited to start a new exercise routine.

Here’s how body movement promotes healthy veins.


Self-care Includes Eating Well

A healthy diet nourishes the body, provides energy, and helps prevent disease.

Unfortunately, many people equate eating well with depriving themselves of the foods they love. You may be more successful in improving your eating habits if you think about adding foods to your diet that will nourish your body and support good health.


A plate with grilled salmon, lemon, and green beans


A diet full of anti-inflammatory foods such as freshly grilled salmon and leafy green salads is not only delicious but will help you stay healthy and feel great.

Fresh blueberries and raspberries are naturally sweet and help curb cravings for unhealthy and inflammatory processed sugary foods.

Try eating superfoods that fight inflammation and you will find that your body soon craves foods these delicious foods that are actually good for you.

And stay hydrated to boost energy levels and support good mental performance.


Get Enough Rest and Sleep

Making time for adequate rest and sleep are acts of self-care. Most people need between 7-9 hours of sleep each night.

Sleep plays a key role in keeping your body and mind healthy. During sleep, your body eliminates toxins and builds your immune system.

Staying up late one night may not be harmful, but extended periods of not enough sleep can have a serious effect on your health.

Too little sleep has been associated with many health problems, including:

  • Obesity
  • Depression
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Diabetes
  • Poor immunity

Sleep is important to your mental health as well. Too little sleep can make it difficult to:

  • Focus
  • Learn
  • React quickly
  • Properly process emotional reactions
  • Feel happy

Here’s more information about the effects of sleep on your health.


Listen to Your Body

Your body has many ways to signal that it’s tired, not feeling well, or that something is simply off.

During a busy day, it’s easy to brush aside these signals and ignore what your body’s telling you—but listening to your body is an important part of self-care.


A man in a suit sleeping in a commuter train


If you fall asleep on the train during your daily commute, your body’s probably saying you’re not getting enough sleep.

Or if you’re legs painfully ache at the end of a day of lots of standing, you may have varicose veins.

Do you get headaches while reading? Perhaps you need glasses.

Here’s more about how to listen to your body to improve your health.


Support Your Own Emotional and Mental Health

Emotional self-care is all about doing things you like to do and that help you relax. It has a great impact on your physical health.


A smiling couple petting their dog and relaxing on a couch


Emotional self-care involves:

  • Processing your feelings in a healthy way
  • Showing yourself compassion
  • Seeking support from and spend quality time with friends and family
  • Seeking a mental health professional when things get overwhelming
  • Doing something every day that you enjoy
  • Asking for help if you need it


Social self-care is all about having healthy relationships in your life.

It includes:

  • Setting boundaries that are comfortable for you
  • Keeping people in your life who support you
  • Putting your needs first—it’s okay to say “no”


Mental self-care involves challenging yourself intellectually and keeping your brain active.

You can:

  • Read a book
  • Work on a hobby or puzzle
  • Keep a journal


Keep Up with Check-ups

It can be tempting to skip medical checkups when you’re feeling okay or even when you’re not. But this is never a good idea.

During a check-up, your doctor might detect an illness that needs immediate treatment or advise you on important preventative steps to take against getting sick.

During check-ups you can also:

  • Ask questions you have about your health
  • Get caught up on vaccinations
  • Learn about health screenings that are due

At NJVVC, we specialize in preventing and treating vein and vascular disease. Contact us today for a free vascular screening.

Orthopedic Surgery & Varicose Veins – What you need to know

Orthopedic Surgery & Varicose Veins – What you need to know

Did you know knee replacement surgery or treatment of other orthopedic injuries can significantly affect vein health? Or that sometimes, varicose vein problems can be the actual cause of knee pain?

Here’s information about orthopedic surgery and varicose veins—what you need to know.


CVI, Varicose Veins, DVT, and Orthopedic Surgery

First, a few definitions to help clarify our discussion.


Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI)

Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) is a medical condition where damaged veins in the leg are unable to pump blood in the proper direction—to the heart. Blood pools in the veins. The veins become large and are called varicose veins.


Varicose Veins

Close-up of woman’s legs with varicose veins on path

Varicose veins, often occurring in the legs, usually bulge just below the skin’s surface. They look twisted and enlarged and can be blue, red, or skin colored.

Common symptoms of varicose veins in the leg include:

  • Pain or discomfort
  • Swelling
  • Aching and heaviness
  • Itchiness


Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

DVT is a common and serious cause of chronic venous insufficiency. With DVT, a blood clot has formed and damaged the valve in the vein.

A person is more at risk for DVT if they are older, obese, smoke, have a family history, or take certain medications.

Signs of deep vein thrombosis include:

  • Persistent pain in leg
  • Warm, red, tender skin
  • Swelling of the calf, ankle, foot, or thigh

Deep vein thrombosis can become life-threatening if a blood clot breaks off and travels to the lungs.


Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic surgery is surgery performed on:

  • Bones
  • Muscles
  • Ligaments
  • Tendons
  • Joints


Orthopedic Surgery Can Cause Vascular Problems

Orthopedic surgery, such as knee replacement or hip surgery, carries a risk of causing DVT.

Thankfully, there is now technology that makes it easy for a vein specialist to determine if a person is experiencing vein problems. And there are effective treatments for these problems, including DVT.

It’s very important that post-surgical patients remain vigilant about this possibility and contact their doctor if they experience signs of DVT.

It’s good to know that most DVT occurrences in the veins of the calf usually go away on their own without medical intervention. However, this reassuring fact doesn’t mean you should ever ignore any DVT signs you’re experiencing.

At NJVVC, our patients benefit from the most modern technology available for diagnosing and treating vein problems.

Watch and listen to our varicose veins specialist, Dr. Stuart Miller, as he explains the signs, symptoms, and treatment of varicose veins and other vein problems.



Have Leg Veins Assessed Before Knee Replacement Surgery

If you have been told you need knee replacement surgery, knee arthroscopy, or hip replacement surgery, first visit a vein specialist. There are several important reasons why.


The Problem May Be in Your Veins!

Sometimes, the cause of knee pain is actually venous insufficiency. And only vein treatment will correct this—not knee surgery.


Vein Treatment Will Improve Your Post-Surgical Recovery

Many patients experience knee joint arthritis and venous insufficiency at the same time. This is because these two conditions most often occur in older adults.

If you have both arthritis and venous insufficiency, be sure to address your vein problems first. It will help with your post-operative recovery in these ways:

  • You’ll have a greatly reduced chance of developing DVT
  • There will be less swelling of the leg
  • The surgical wound will heal better

Sometimes, treatment by a varicose vein treatment doctor is so effective in relieving knee pain that surgery can be put off for a while or even be cancelled altogether.

A person’s knee after knee surgery with stitches and bandages on it

It’s always a good idea to first opt for this less invasive treatment before undergoing invasive knee surgery.

A comprehensive vein evaluation by our vascular specialist is completely non-invasive and non-painful.


Prior Orthopedic Injuries

Have you had a prior orthopedic injury such as a broken leg or ankle sprain? If so, you may be more likely to develop varicose veins later in life if you already have several other risk factors, including:

  • Sitting or standing for long times each day
  • A family history of varicose veins
  • Older age
  • Are female
  • Are overweight

All orthopedic injuries in the leg won’t necessarily cause you to develop varicose veins later, but they do increase the risk.


Why Orthopedic Injury/Surgery Can Cause Varicose Veins

There are several ways an orthopedic injury or surgery can contribute to varicose vein development, including:

A young man in leg cast lounges on a couch looking bored

  • A cast or recovery results in long immobilization of an area of the leg
  • Altering how you put pressure on a leg or foot can, over time, add additional pressure on specific veins in the same or other leg

Sometimes, if you have a leg injury along with a predisposition to varicose veins, it shortens the time before varicose veins first appear.


How to Reduce Your Risk of Varicose Veins After Orthopedic Surgery

There are ways to reduce your long-term risk of varicose veins even after an injury or surgery.

How blood flows in the leg with compression socks and without compression socks

They are:

  • Keep your weight at a healthy level
  • Stay active and avoid sitting for prolong periods of time
  • Wear compression socks to help blood circulation


Tourniquets in Orthopedic Surgery

Surgeons use a tourniquet in orthopedic surgery to reduce blood loss and create a clearer area for the orthopedic surgeon to operate on.

The NIH has reported that using a tourniquet in orthopedic surgery on the lower extremities increases the incidence of deep venous thrombosis. It calls for further study and minimized non-necessary tourniquet use in surgery on high-risk patients.


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Can Changes in Hormone Levels Cause Varicose Veins?

Can Changes in Hormone Levels Cause Varicose Veins?

Fluctuating hormone levels caused by pregnancy, birth control pills, hormonal treatments, and aging, can play havoc with vein health.

Hormonal imbalances of progesterone and estrogen can lead to many physical problems, including the development or worsening of varicose veins.

Can changes in hormone levels cause varicose veins? You bet!


Estrogen’s Role in Vein Health

It is important that the estrogen and progesterone hormonal levels maintain a healthy balance.

Elevated levels of estrogen, especially during pregnancy, can encourage the development of varicose veins. Estrogen causes blood vessels to widen and increase blood flow. However, it also makes blood vessels weaker.

The heightened levels of estrogen increase the risk of blood clots and inflammation and weaken vein walls. Varicose veins also become more visible.


Progesterone’s Role in Vein Health

Progesterone can actually lessen some unwanted vein symptoms caused by increased estrogen. It relaxes blood vessels, smooth muscles and increases collagen production. Collagen strengthens vein walls. In fact, too little collagen has been associated with the development of both varicose and spider veins.

However, higher levels of progesterone can hurt the valves in the veins that are needed to control blood flow in the veins. If veins don’t function properly, blood will flow both ways, and will pool around the poorly functioning valve.

Higher progesterone levels can also dilate smaller veins, making them more visible to the naked eye.

Leg veins are more sensitive to progesterone than veins in other parts of the body. When hormone levels fluctuate, vein health is at risk.

Dr. Stuart Miller of The New Jersey Vein and Vascular Center (NJVVC) explains why imbalanced levels of progesterone are so dangerous to veins.


Progesterone Levels and Varicose Veins in Pregnancy

When a woman is pregnant, her hormones fluctuate. The potential dangers are compounded by changes to the woman’s vascular system and pressure from the expanding uterus. Not only does the woman gain weight, but blood volume in the veins increases. Progesterone and estrogen hormone levels both increase and fluctuate.

Progesterone levels begin to rise in the 9th week of pregnancy and continue to slowly rise until week 32. After the 12th week, the placenta makes progesterone.


A drawing of the structural formula of progesterone


It’s now believed that not only estrogen, but progesterone also plays a major role in the formation of varicose veins during pregnancy.

As reported by the Vein Clinics of Cleveland, a 2009 Croatian study showed that women who had higher levels of progesterone during pregnancy also had a higher incidence of varicose vein development. This caused the researcher to conclude that progesterone during pregnancy also contributes to varicose veins.

Progesterone levels in pregnancy also affect water retention and weight gain. Pressure on the veins increases and further contributes to pregnancy vein issues.

Progesterone relaxes smooth muscles, allowing for increased blood flow and can usually reduce pressure on veins. However, as reported by the National Institute of Health, during pregnancy this increased level of progesterone that inhibits smooth muscle contraction, can “[result] in disorders of the vein shrinkage, affecting the increase of their capacity and valvular insufficiency, and valvular edges are not in contact with each other due to the vasodilatation.”

After childbirth, many women see their varicose veins improve and disappear— although this is not always the case.

You can expect vein damage to increase with each subsequent pregnancy.

Here’s more about veins and pregnancy.


Birth Control Pills/Supplements


A colorful collection of birth control packets


Some women are directed by their doctors to take birth control pills or supplements, containing progestin—a synthetic form of progesterone—to ease the effects of menopause. These women have an increased chance of developing varicose and/or spider veins. Progestin, like its natural counterpart, progesterone, will make the vein walls dilate and become more susceptible to damage.

It’s important that women talk to their doctors about the potential risks and benefits of these pills and/or supplements.


Aging and Menopause


A woman looks at the veins on her legs


Both progesterone and estrogen levels fluctuate as you age, increasing a woman’s possibility of developing varicose veins. Read more about why menopause increases your risk of varicose veins.

As women approach menopause, their hormonal levels of estrogen and progesterone drop and body weight increases. This can cause vein damage. Women often first notice varicose veins at this time. Or women who already have varicose veins may notice more bothersome symptoms or that the veins are becoming more visible.

Risk Factors that make you prone to developing varicose veins include:

  • Age
  • Being female— Women are more prone to developing varicose veins because they often have weaker vein walls and valves than men do
  • Pregnancy—effects of fluctuating hormones
  • Family history
  • Being overweight
  • Standing or sitting for long periods of time


Ways You Can Help Your Varicose Veins

If you’re suffering with varicose veins caused by fluctuating hormones or other causes, there are things you can do to help.


A senior woman in an exercise class


They are:

  • Exercise regularly and walk more to help blood circulation
  • Avoid sitting or standing for a long time
  • Elevate your legs to reduce swelling and help blood reach the heart
  • Wear compression socks to keep pressure on your lower legs
  • Stay at a healthy weight
  • Avoid hot tubs
  • Stay cool in the shade outdoors or in air conditioning


Make these dietary changes:

  • Take Vitamin C to help veins get stronger
  • Eat anti-inflammatory foods like blueberries or whole grains
  • Eat fiber-rich foods
  • Choose low-sodium food selections
  • Stay hydrated


Learn more about spider veins and reticular veins.

At NJVVC, we offer several effective and painless options to treat varicose veins. Contact us for a vein consultation.

Spider Veins vs. Reticular Veins … what’s the Difference?

Spider Veins vs. Reticular Veins … what’s the Difference?

Most people know the difference between spider veins and varicose veins. But what about spider veins vs. reticular veins? What’s the difference?

Veins are the structures that bring blood up from your legs and back to your heart. Three major vein issues that people commonly notice on their body are:

  • Spider veins
  • Reticular veins
  • Varicose veins


How Can I Tell the Difference Between Veins?

Spider Veins


Doctor using a magnifying glass to look at spider veins on a person’s legs


Spider veins, also called telangiectasias, are the smallest veins measuring 1mm or less. They appear close to the surface of the skin and often take on a “tree-like” appearance with the veins looking like tree branches.

Spider veins mainly occur on the thighs, ankles, or calves

These veins can vary in color, ranging from blue/purple, to red or pink.

Usually, these veins don’t cause any physical symptoms unless they occur in larger clusters. Some people may feel slight discomfort in a heavily veined area.


Reticular veins


Reticular veins on the back of a leg


Reticular veins measure between 1mm and 3mm in diameter and are located just below the skin’s surface. They are slightly larger than spider veins.

Reticular veins exist a little deeper in the skin than spider veins, which run more along the surface. Unlike varicose veins, they don’t protrude from beneath the skin.

Reticular veins are found in the legs—commonly on the back or inner thigh—but can occur on the face, breasts, ankles, or knees.

These veins are usually not a medical problem. More often, people are concerned with the aesthetic issues they cause.

Since reticular veins feed into spider veins, they are also called feeder veins. You often see reticular veins right near spider vein clusters.

These veins are blue/green or purple. However, they can take on a ropey appearance and exist in clusters, giving the skin an unattractive marbled appearance.

Reticular veins, unlike spider veins, are often annoying or painful. The more reticular veins you have in an area, the more annoying they will become.

Common symptoms of reticular veins include:

  • Itching or irritation
  • Tenderness or pain
  • General discomfort in the area
  • Burning
  • Fatigue and heaviness

Spider veins and reticular veins are both referred to as superficial veins.


Let’s Not Forget About Varicose Veins


Stages of the development of varicose veins


Varicose veins are the largest veins. They measure larger than 3mm in diameter. They often bulge out from the skin and usually are purple or blue. Varicose veins are most often found on thighs, calves, ankles, and feet.

Symptoms of varicose veins are similar to the symptoms of reticular veins.


What Causes Reticular Veins and Are They Dangerous?


A pregnant woman pointing to a vein problem in her leg


Reticular veins:

  • Run in families
  • More commonly occur in women than men
  • Can be caused by obesity
  • Can develop during pregnancy
  • Develop with age, especially in people over 50 years old
  • Can be caused by sitting or standing for long periods of time
  • Can have no known cause

However, reticular veins often aren’t reason for concern except for cosmetic reasons. But it’s important to know that reticular veins do indicate that blood is not flowing as well as it could.


Reticular Veins and Venous Insufficiency

Venous insufficiency or prior blood clots cause reticular veins.

Venous insufficiency occurs when blood doesn’t properly flow back to the heart from the feet. Blood pools in the veins.

This, in turn, creates pressure around the veins as well a swelling within the veins. Over time, the walls of the vein become weak and bulge. Veins can twist and skin marbling occurs.

Signs of venous insufficiency are:

  • Visible varicose veins on the skin’s surface
  • Leg pain or cramps
  • Weak legs
  • Tightness in calves
  • Itchy legs
  • Swelling in legs or ankles
  • Leg ulcers
  • Aching or heaviness in legs
  • Skin that thickens or changes color on legs or around ankles


When To See a Doctor for Reticular Veins

There are times when you should see a doctor about vein issues.

Contact a doctor if you are experiencing:

  • Pain or discomfort in or around veins
  • Bleeding veins
  • Ulcers around veins

It’s also a good idea to visit a vein doctor so they can:

  • Diagnose your vein problem with a vascular screening
  • Treat any damaged veins
  • Provide treatment for veins you find cosmetically unattractive

Here you can find out if your vein treatment will be Medicare accepted?


Self-care Treatment for Good Circulation

There are steps you can take to improve blood flow in reticular and other veins.


A car passenger’s wearing compression socks with legs elevated on the dashboard


These at-home solutions for improving blood flow include:

  • Wearing compression socks or stockings
  • Elevating your legs periodically
  • Leaving legs uncrossed when sitting
  • Exercising
  • Avoid sitting for long periods of time
  • Maintaining a healthy weight

These steps may be enough to relieve your discomfort from reticular or varicose veins.


Treatment Options for Reticular Veins

If you continue to have discomfort from reticular or varicose veins, or desire cosmetic treatment for any vein issue, it’s time to see a vein doctor.

Your treatment options will depend on the size and location of your veins and the severity of the venous insufficiency.

Medical treatment of existing reticular veins often prevents the development of associated spider veins. Treatment of reticular veins can also cause nearby spider veins to disappear.


Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy

The National Institute of Health states that “Sclerotherapy, when used with the correct technique, is the most effective method for the management of reticular varices and telangiectases.”

Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy involves the injection of a sclerosing agent into the vein. The inner walls of the vein collapse and the vein seals itself shut. Blood is naturally directed to other healthier veins. Over the course of a few months, the body reabsorbs the old vein, and it disappears.


FDA-Approved Varithena™


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At NJVVC, we use Varithena for this sclerotherapy treatment. It is an FDA-approved patented microfoam that is extremely well tolerated by patients having sclerotherapy treatment.

No anesthesia is required for this procedure.

Contact NJVVC for a free vascular screening.

Varicose Veins in Men—What You Should Know

Varicose Veins in Men—What You Should Know

Don’t think that varicose veins are just a woman’s problem. They’re a guy thing too.  When it comes to varicose veins in men—here’s what you should know.

Varicose veins are those unattractive, sometimes painful, bulging veins usually found on legs.

It’s true—varicose veins are often harmless. But sometimes they warn of an underlying health issue.


You’re Not Alone

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Journal (AHA/ASA) 11 million men aged 40-80 have varicose veins.

Many men go on to develop symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency, including venous ulceration.

So don’t be in denial! Sometimes it’s just plain foolish to ignore them.


Doctors Warn Against Ignoring Varicose Veins

If you’re a man, and you have varicose veins … don’t ignore them!

Dr. Stuart Miller of The New Jersey Vein and Vascular Center warns, “Most men won’t come in until there is ulceration or bleeding … or their wife makes them come in. Waiting is not the answer!”


Medical Problems Associated with Varicose Veins

Ignoring varicose veins may lead to these advanced varicose vein problems:


Veins Have an Important Job

Veins return deoxygenated blood to the heart. An artery then takes the blood to the lungs. Once in the lungs, the blood receives new oxygen.

Problems arise when the valves in the veins weaken or fail, and veins can’t do their job. This is called venous insufficiency–a serious medical problem.

Veins can only perform properly if they’re healthy. A vein doctor should check varicose veins to make sure they are working well.


Signs and Symptoms of Varicose Veins in Men

Varicose vein symptoms include:

  • Veins that are twisted or bulging
  • Achy or heavy feeling in the legs
  • Burning, throbbing, cramping, and swelling in the lower leg
  • Increased pain after sitting or standing for long periods
  • Itching near one or more veins
  • Skin discoloration

Should you call a doctor if you have leg pain? Probably.


Causes of Varicose Veins in Men

The major causes of varicose veins in men include:

  • Heredity
  • Sitting or standing for long periods of time
  • Age
  • Obesity


How to Prevent Varicose Veins—Tips for Men

Now that you know the risks, it’s easy to understand why being proactive about vein care is so important.

If you know that venous insufficiency runs in your family, taking preventive steps now is even more important.

Regular exercise and a healthy diet are essential for vein health.



Exercise Prevents Varicose Veins

Genetics can be an indicator of varicose veins. And you can’t change that.

But you can take action to fight other associated causes of varicose veins, including being overweight or inactive.

Preventing varicose veins with exercise is a great start.

As men age, they produce less testosterone and HGH with each passing year. This slows the metabolism and causes weight gain.

Exercise helps ease this natural progression of weight gain in men. So, in case you needed more motivation to exercise, consider that fewer pounds mean less stress on veins and thus less tendency for vein problems.

Working out will also build healthy leg muscles. Calf muscles are especially important to vein heath because they help pump blood back to your heart more efficiently.

If you’re just starting an exercise regimen, choose an activity you might enjoy. But don’t over-do it. Walking, swimming, yoga, and other low-impact activities are all great to move your body.

High-impact sports, torn ACLs, or a popped hamstring won’t do much for leg and venous health.

Remember, sitting or standing in one position all day is your enemy. But that doesn’t mean you have to train for the Olympics.

Studies have shown that any amount of regular movement is helpful.

Anything from a brisk daily walk to just stepping away from your desk every so often is far better than nothing. Every little bit counts and will make a measurable difference.


Good Diet and Nutrition Fights Varicose Veins in Men

A healthy diet helps keep your weight down, powers your workout, and improves your mood.

Here are some great tips for top foods that improve circulation and vein health.

Beyond that, dietary recommendations specific to venous health include:

  • Adding fiber to prevent absorption of unhealthy fats and cholesterol buildup
  • Boosting levels of vitamin C to aid the production of collagen and elastin, infrastructural tissues that literally support veins
  • Staying hydrated to help fiber flush your system and maintain electrolyte balance
  • Eating more rutin, an antioxidant flavonoid found in apple peels, asparagus, green tea, figs, cranberries, and citrus zest that reduces inflammation
  • Consuming less salt, thus decreasing water retention and vein pressure


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Men Can Get Relief from Varicose Veins

Wearing compression socks and keeping legs elevated can help support veins and reduce pressure. And this reduced pressure can aid in the prevention of varicose veins, as does proper diet and exercise.


Sometimes varicose vein treatment is necessary to restore healthy blood flow to your legs. The presence of bulging and discolored veins or pain could mean clinical treatment is in order.

There are several safe, minimally invasive procedures that are performed in our office in less than an hour. Health insurance or Medicare covers many of these procedures.


Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLT)

EVLT, also known as endovenous laser vein therapy, only requires local anesthesia. It is a safe, virtually painless procedure that eliminates damaged varicose veins.

Ultrasound guidance is used to insert a thin heat-producing laser fiber into the vein. The procedure results in the vein closing. Your body then reroutes blood flow to a nearby healthy vein.

This procedure relieves pain caused by the varicose vein. There is little or no scarring. There is minimal recovery time.



Varithena is an FDA approved injectable foam therapy. This non-surgical procedure uses a sclerosing agent that causes the vein to collapse and close. Blood is displaced into a healthy vein.



ClariVein is a non-thermal treatment that closes a targeted vein. This easily tolerated procedure is highly effective.

Contact The New Jersey Vein and Vascular Center to arrange an appointment and discover the pain-free lifestyle, confidence, and improved appearance that comes with circulatory health.

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