You may have heard the old wives’ tale that crossing your legs causes varicose veins. But does it? According to a new study that examined what causes varicose veins, it simply isn’t true.
While once thought that sitting with your legs crossed at the knee was a contributing factor in spider veins and varicose veins, a new study released by the journal Blood Pressure Monitoring shows no direct connection between how a person sits and varicose veins.
Instead, the study found that it’s not how you sit that’s important to your vascular health, but for how long you sit. Prolonged periods of inactivity can force your veins to work harder to pump the blood back to the heart, which can be a major cause of varicose veins.
For office workers of all ages, the threat of inactivity is pervasive. Doctors warn against sitting at a desk for several uninterrupted hours, but for many that’s hard to avoid.
To help stave off periods of prolonged inactivity, doctors promote doing minor exercises or activities throughout the day to keep your body active and your blood flowing. Doctors recommend a few minutes of activity every hour to stave off the many health risks that come with remaining sedentary.
Varicose veins are a serious venous disease and should be handled with precaution. VasCare clinics have extensive experience in diagnosing and treating varicose veins and chronic venous disease. Contact us today to request an appointment and learn more about varicose veins treatment options