Kenai has many unique experiences for adventurous and risk taking people. From the tedious, hairpin trail hikes of Sky Line or Crescent Lake to the skateboard park and ice rink at the North Peninsula Rec Center, Kenai is buzzing with many mind-blowing sites and activities.

Taking risks in recreational activities is fun, but not when it comes to your health. There are certain risk factors that make your chances for varicose veins increase. They are:

    • Increasing age. With age, the valves in your veins may weaken and and the lack of blood flow cause varicose veins.
    • Medical history. Those born with weak vein valves have a higher risk as well as those with family members with vein problems. About half of all people who have varicose veins have a family member who has them too.
    • Hormonal changes. Changes during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause contribute to the forming of varicose or spider veins.
    • Pregnancy. During pregnancy, there is an escalation in the amount of blood in the body, which can cause veins to enlarge. The growing uterus also puts pressure on the veins. Varicose veins usually improve within 3 months after delivery, however more usually appear more often with each additional pregnancy.
    • Obesity. Being overweight or obese can put extra pressure on your veins.
    • Lack of movement. Sitting or standing for a long time can force your veins to work harder to pump blood to your heart and the problem is exacerbated if you sit with your legs bent or crossed.
    • Sun exposure. Frequent and prolonged exposure to the sun can cause spider veins on the cheeks or nose of a fair-skinned person.

Don’t dwell on the risk factors of varicose veins in your life. The knowledgeable doctors at Alaska Vein Care will take care of all your needs, so stop in today so you can continue partaking in all the unique and thrilling action Kenai has to offer.