Guard yourself against these common summer complaints

(NC) With summer around the corner, it’s time to put away the coats and bring out the sundresses and sandals.

While most of us look forward to the dog days of summer, the heat can be a source of discomfort for others. For those dealing with heavy, swollen, painful legs, the warmer months can be a difficult time, as heat can make these symptoms worse.

If this sounds familiar, you may be dealing with chronic venous disease, which occurs when blood vessels in the legs become inflamed and stop working effectively, making it difficult for blood to return to the heart. This can cause painful, swollen and heavy legs.

“Chronic venous disease is a progressive inflammatory disease, so it is important to recognize the signs and take steps to prevent it from getting worse,” explains Dr. Beverley Chan, a vascular surgeon in Canada. “The disease is exacerbated by heat, so flare-ups are common in the summer. Fortunately, simple habits and convenient over-the-counter options can help manage symptoms and offer long-term relief.”

For those dealing with CVD, here are some tips to incorporate into your summer routine:

  1. Avoid prolonged heat exposure, tight clothing and activities that may cause overheating. Stay hydrated and keep cool.
  2. Exercise regularly to keep the body moving and prevent blood stagnation in the veins. Swimming is a great low-impact activity that supports circulation while helping you stay cool.
  3. Elevate legs to reduce swelling and increase blood flow in the lower body.
  4. Try over-the-counter options like Venixxa, a natural health product that can help improve venous tone and blood circulation, reducing pain, lower-leg swelling and sensation of heaviness in the legs.

Find out if you are at risk of chronic venous disease. Talk to your healthcare provider or learn more at

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