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Sitting, Standing, and Varicose Veins

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If you read any ergonomics studies or workplace articles, you are likely to hear that standing desks are all the rage. Why is that? While we know that sitting in front of a computer all day isn’t good for you, haven’t we also heard that being on your feet all day takes a toll on your body. So, what’s all the fuss about?

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What You Can Do to Limit Your Chance of Developing Deep Vein Thrombosis or a Pulmonary Embolism

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Unlike cancer and heart disease, not many Americans realize that vein disease can be a serious concern. The first signs may be spider veins or varicose veins. If left untreated, it can form a blood clot deep within the body, known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). If that blood clot were to break off, and travel through the body to the major organs, known as a pulmonary embolism (PE), it could cause very serious health problems including sudden death.

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Deep Vein Thrombosis in a Nutshell

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 60,000-100,000 Americans die of DVT, a related pulmonary embolism (PE) or both each year. Of those, the first sign of a PE will be sudden death; an additional 10-30% of will die within one month of diagnosis.

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Get Lasting Relief for Your Leg Pain

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Leg pain can be caused by many causes, of which most can be classified as neurological, musculoskeletal, orvascular. Although you should work with your healthcare provider to identify the cause of any consistent pain you may feel, be aware that vascular issues can become serious or life-threatening if left untreated. Let’s take a closer look at one vascular condition that can cause leg pain:

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What Shoes Should I Wear If I Have Varicose Veins?

 

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While there are not specific shoes that are best for varicose veins, there are definitely good and bad options. To start off with what not to wear, avoid wearing high heels that are greater than 2 inches. High heels affect your calves’ ability to pump blood back up to the legs and also restrict proper muscle function. This raises vein pressure in the lower legs and will lead to more pain in the lower extremities. 

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