Tips for Reducing the Risk of Vascular Disease:

  • Eat a high protein, high fiber diet
  • Do not eat foods high in saturated fat or sugar
  • If you are overweight, lose additional weight to help improve blood flow
  • Stop smoking immediately, as smoking increases the risk of vascular disease by 60-80%
  • Take steps to lower your blood pressure to normal levels
  • Be aware of sudden body changes or new conditions
  • Have annual physical examinations from a Board-certified vascular physician
  • Do not stand or sit for long periods without interruption
  • Do not cross your legs while seated
  • Keep your legs elevated above your heart when sitting or lying down
  • Keep the muscles in your legs strong through regular physical activity
  • Avoid clothes that are tight, especially those that constrict around the thighs, groin, waist, or buttocks
  • Wear compression stockings in order to prevent blood from pooling
  • Follow medication instructions from your Board-certified vascular physician

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