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Can you prevent venous reflux?

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Can you prevent venous reflux? Well, that is kind of like asking can you choose your parents. Not really. And I say that because the number one risk factor for developing venous reflux and venous insufficiency is hereditary. The number two risk factor is female gender. Obviously, you cannot do anything about those two things. Now, if you have venous insufficiency or venous reflux, you can do some things to prevent it from getting worse, such as wearing compression stockings if you know you are going to be standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time and also when you are traveling, and keeping the muscles in your leg healthy by exercise.

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