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Varicose Veins



Defects in the venous wall allow for dilation of veins
and damage to valves. This valve damage increases
static pressure, causing bulging known as varicose
veins. Risk factors include obesity which increases
the pressure up to 10 times, standing for long
periods which increases the loss of tissue tone and
muscle mass, and pregnancy. Significant symptoms
are uncommon but legs may feel heavy, tired and
tight. Serious varicosities may lead to thrombophlebitis,
pulmonary embolism, stroke and myocardial infarction.
High fibre diet, adequate fluid intake as well as weight
management are part of a treatment plan. Exercise
will improve blood flow through the legs. Increasing the
integrity of connective tissue and vein walls by the use
of Vitamin A, C, bioflavonoids, Zinc, berries. Enhance
fibrolytic activity and reduce thrombosis by the use of
bromelain, capsicum, Vitamin E, Omega
3 oils.

Dr. Melissa Brown, Naturopath 072-549-4938

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