Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death. It is vital we adopt healthy habits to keep our vascular system healthy to help protect our heart and keep it strong.

Some simple lifestyle changes can go a long way in maintaining good vascular health. Take a look at the following five ways to keep your vascular system healthy.

1- Get active

One of the most effective ways to improve our vascular systems is to take regular exercise. Make it your goal to get a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week to get the blood circulating round the body and the heart pumping.

Regular exercise such as walking or jogging helps improve the circulation in your legs, promoting the growth of new blood vessels.

2- Have a healthy, well-balanced diet

Replace sugary or fatty snacks with healthier options like pieces of fruit. Opt for fresh food instead of processed meals that loaded with salt. Eat the recommended five portions of fruit and veg each day and regularly consume oily fish.

3- Stop smoking

It’s never too late to stop smoking, which is a major cause of cardiovascular disease and causes approximately one in every four deaths. Giving up smoking is one of the best things you can do to improve your vascular health and keep your circulatory system and heart healthy.

4- Maintain a healthy weight

Being overweight significantly increases your risk of stroke, diabetes and heart disease. Losing even a little weight and maintaining a healthy weight can greatly improve your vascular health, give your heart function a boost, improve metabolism and lower blood pressure.

5- Keep iron levels balanced

Iron is a vital mineral for our circulatory system as it is needed to make haemoglobin, a primary component of red blood cells, which is required to carry oxygen. Consuming foods that are rich in iron such as spinach and red meat, can help our bodies have the iron they need. However, it is important not to consume too much iron, which can have a negative impact on the cardiovascular system.

It is advisable to talk to a doctor before you start taking iron supplements or embark on an iron-rich diet.

If you have concerns about vein disorders and would like to talk to a specialist in vascular health, get in contact with the Vascular Consultancy.


The common surmise that it’s only older people who suffer from varicose veins and spider veins bares little truth. Granted, age is a factor in the onset of varicose veins but whilst the risk increases after the age of 50, young people can get varicose veins as well.

One of the principle causes of varicose veins is hereditary. When this common condition is caused by hereditary, it can affect young adults and even teenagers.

Pregnancy is another leading cause of varicose veins, as is the use of birth control pills, obesity and hormonal imbalances during puberty and the menopause.

With this unsightly condition affecting all ages, treatment for varicose veins is not confined to older people.

It could be argued that treating varicose veins in younger patients is more effective, as younger skin is less disposed to scarring than more mature skin and healing rates are increased with younger patients.

Like with any condition, the sooner varicose veins are treated, the better.

If you are worried about varicose veins regardless of your age, speak to a vascular expert about the different treatment options available to you and which treatment is likely to be the best for the severity of your varicose veins.

Effective treatment for varicose veins include:

* Varicose vein surgery

* Endovenous laser

* Radiofrequency ablation

* Varicose vein avulsions

* Non-surgical treatments including compression stockings and the use of horse chestnut extracts

Help prevent varicose veins

Whilst varicose veins caused by hereditary is usually unavoidable, there are several lifestyle changes people of all ages can make to help avoid the onset of this common condition. These steps include:

* Getting regular exercise

* Watching your weight

* Losing weight

* Avoid wearing high heels

* Elevating your legs

* Avoid standing or sitting for long periods

If you would like to discuss varicose veins and the different forms of treatment for the condition, get in touch with the Vascular Consultancy, specialists in vascular health and providing effective treatment for vascular conditions including varicose veins.


Thread veins are tiny red and purple blood vessels that appear on the surface of the skin, predominantly on the face and legs. Resembling small spider webs, thread veins are also known as spider veins. Medically, the condition is referred to as Telangiectasias.

Several factors contribute to the onset of thread veins, including age, poor blood circulation, heredity, birth control pills, a history of blood clots, obesity, standing or sitting for long periods, hormonal fluctuations, and exposure to ultraviolet rays.

Whilst there is no ‘magic cure’ for eliminating thread veins, there are certain steps we can take to improve the appearance of these undesirable and pesky little veins.

Eat plenty of ginger

Ginger is well-known for improving the blood circulation and thereby giving the health of our veins a boost. Ginger also helps break up the blood protein fibrin, which congregates and builds up around less well-functioning veins. If you are taking medication for blood pressure, it is important to seek medical advice before taking supplementary ginger.

Enjoy a regular message

Now you’ve got an excuse to be regularly messaged! Message is one of the simplest ways to improve the circulation of the blood, which can help reduce inflammation and pain and if you suffer from thread veins, can improve their appearance.

Take regular exercise

Exercise is paramount to improving the blood circulation in our bodies, which is a leading cause of thread veins, particularly on the legs. Exercise gets the heart pumping blood around the body, improving circulation and giving the veins strength and support. Carrying out sensible amounts of exercise regularly, can make a notable difference to the appearance of thread veins.

Moderate exercise several times a week helps avert weight gain and obesity, preventing the onset of more serious venous conditions.

Elevate your legs

If you suffer from thread veins on your legs, one way to help reduce the severity of these tiny, unwanted veins is to elevate your legs regularly, to improve the circulation of blood to the affected areas and relieve the pressure in the veins.

Get your thread veins treated

If you are really concerned with the appearance of thread veins on your face or body, you could investigate having them medically treated, through micro-sclerotherapy or skin laser.

The Vascular Consultancy offers treatment for thread veins and other common vascular conditions. Contact the Vascular Consultancy to book an initial consultation about having thread veins medically treated.


Varicose veins, they’re just niggly veins that appear as we get older, which look unsightly but don’t do us any harm, right? Wrong! Whilst varicose veins can lead to nothing more than cosmetic concerns, for some patients, when left untreated, these unsightly blemishes under the skin can lead to several serious medical conditions.

Take a look at the following four reasons why you should never lead varicose veins untreated.

Venous leg ulcers

A venous leg ulcer can develop if there is an issue with the circulation of blood in the veins of the legs. As the NHS notes, people with varicose veins caused by malfunctioning valves, are amongst those most at risk from developing a venous leg ulcer. Symptoms of a venous leg ulcer include itching, pain and swelling in the affected leg.


Untreated varicose veins can lead to a condition known as hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation is the darkening of the and discolouration of the skin, which can be caused by excess blood leaking into the tissues of the leg because of untreated varicose veins.


Lipodermatosclerosis refers a condition whereby the tissues in the legs stiffen and harden. This condition is believed to be caused by venous disease, such as venous hypertension and incompetence, as well as obesity. Someone suffering from lipodermatosclerosis can feel as if their legs are becoming progressively tender, making movement increasingly more difficult.

Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is condition to describe blood clots that develop in the veins. DVT typically occurs in a deep leg vein, or a larger vein, which runs through the muscles in the thigh and calf. DVT can cause swelling and pain and can potentially lead to other complications, such as pulmonary embolism and if the condition is left untreated, it can be life-threatening.

Treating varicose veins

There is a number of ways to treat varicose veins, depending on the severity of the condition. Treatment includes varicose vein surgery, radiofrequency ablation, endovenous laser, varicose vein avulsions, sclerotherapy and non-surgical treatment, such as using compression stockings.

Acting sooner rather than later can minimise the pain and discomfort caused by varicose veins and can help prevent more serious conditions from manifesting due to varicose veins being left untreated. To discuss the different kinds of treatment for varicose veins and which would be right for you, get in touch with the vascular health experts at the Vascular Consultancy.


Does running cause varicose veins? Do runners with varicose veins underperform? Does running regularly help with the symptoms of running? If you are a runner and are worried about varicose veins, or perhaps suffer from this common condition and are thinking about taking up running to help alleviate symptoms, take a look some of the ways varicose veins can impact running and vice-versa.

What are varicose veins and what causes them?

Varicose veins are swollen veins which tend to be purple or bluish in colour. These swollen veins using occur in the legs.

Varicose veins are caused by weakened valves in the veins which causes the blood to collect in the legs and pressure to build up. The veins then become large, twisted and weak.

If you suffer from varicose veins should you run?

As long as you are not in any pain or discomfort from the swollen veins, you can keep running. It is wise to run on softer terrain such as grass or an athletics track to soften the movement. You should wear well-cushioned trainers to absorb some of the shock running causes on the legs.

Can running help varicose veins?

Exercise like running improves the blood circulation, stimulating blood flow in the arm and legs, as well as building strength. Whilst low-impact exercise such as cycling and walking is generally better suited to sufferers of varicose veins, running can help improve the circulation of the blood and build strength in the legs.

As mentioned above, if you are running and have varicose veins, try and make your runs as low-impact as possible.

Seek medical treatment for varicose veins

If you are serious about running and suffer from varicose veins, it could be that the condition is hampering your running performance. It was recently reported in the Daily Mail that a 60-year-old runner was able to jog longer distances after having cosmetic surgery to remove her varicose veins.

If you are concerned about varicose veins and running or any type of sport or exercise, it is advisable to seek advice from a medical professional.

The Vascular Consultancy can provide advice on what types of treatment for this common vascular condition would be right for you.

Get in touch with the Vascular Consultancy team today to discuss your vein health concerns and queries.


Daryll Baker is a Consultant Vascular Surgeon at the Royal Free Hospital London and Clinical Lead for North Central Region Vascular Services.

He read Medicine at Oxford University and trained in Vascular Surgery in Nottingham, London and Edinburgh. He obtained his research PhD from the University of Wales.


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