to Dr. Begos
who was selected again as one of of Boston’s top doctors by Boston Magazine in 2015
CSA Vein Center
receives accreditation by the IAC:
CSA is the first vein practice in Northeast Massachusetts to be fully accredited as a Certified Vein Center by the IAC (Intersocietal Accreditation Commission).
Can I prevent the development of varicose veins?
You cannot change your genes, but you can keep your weight under control,
exercise, eat a healthy diet high in fiber, and try to stick to loose
comfortable clothing when possible. If you are genetically destined to
develop varicose veins, they may appear despite all your best efforts. There
are, however some strategies you can do to prevent earlier development of
- Watch your weight, and your diet. Shedding excess
pounds takes unnecessary pressure off your veins. What you eat makes a
difference, too. Follow a low-salt, high-fiber diet to prevent the
swelling that may result from water retention and constipation.
- Watch what you wear. Avoid high heels. Low-heeled
shoes work calf muscles more, which is better for your veins. Don't wear
tight clothes around your waist, legs or groin. Control-top panty hose
or girdles, for instance, can restrict circulation.
- Elevate your legs. To improve venous circulation,
take several short breaks daily to elevate your legs above the level of
your heart. For example, lie down with your legs resting on three or
- Avoid long periods of sitting or standing. Make a point of changing
your position frequently to encourage blood flow. Try to move around at
least every 30 minutes.
- Don't sit with your legs crossed. This position can
aggravate circulation problems.
graduated compression stockings. This is often the first
approach to try before moving on to other treatments. Graduated
compression stockings worn all day steadily squeeze your legs from the
ankle to the thigh. This helps relieve the pressure on the lower leg and
retards development of varicose veins and skin changes. The amount of
compression varies by type and brand. The new varieties of stockings
today come in a variety of strengths, styles and colors and are very
fashionable. With the variety offered, you're likely to find a stocking
that you're comfortable wearing. You can buy compression stockings at
most medical supply stores. Prescription-strength stockings also are
available. When purchasing compression stockings, it is most important
to be properly measured and fitted. Compression stockings should be snug
but not necessarily tight. If you have weak hands or arthritis, getting
these stockings on may be difficult. There are devices to make putting
them on easier. In addition, many insurance companies require a six
month trial of compression stockings before you seek further treatment
for removal of your varicose veins or your reflux.