Professions At a Higher Risk of Varicose Veins: How your job can impact your blood flow

Varicose veins are unsightly and can be painful. If left without treatment, it can lead to serious health concerns. Several factors contribute to the development of varicose veins; they can include things like your genes, daily habits, diet, and even your profession. Different people working in different environments may be more or less prone to varicose vein development.

This post goes through some archetypal job types that can cause you to be more inclined to varicose veins as you age.

Nurses, Doctors, and Healthcare Workers

Healthcare workers like doctors, nurses, and staff work long hours, with shifts of 12 hours at a time. These extended hours and activities can weigh heavily on the leg veins. Doctors who perform surgery sometimes stand in one spot for 6 hours or more.

The best way to combat this is to take some time during a shift to walk around. Maybe choose to take the stairs instead of the elevator to keep your blood pumping. If you need to sit for long periods, try propping up your feet.

Office Workers

Long hours sitting at a desk in front of a computer can have you going long periods without ever realizing that you haven’t moved in quite some time. Elevate the legs when sitting at your desk to help blood flow.

Take some time throughout the day to get up, move around, get the blood pumping, and keep the body healthy. If you have the luxury of a gym nearby the office (or in the office), don’t be afraid to take an hour during the day to keep your body healthy.

A healthy body is a healthy mind. Exercise is good for your veins, but tiring your body can help you focus better and reduce mental fog.

Assembly Line and Factory Workers

Workers in a factory or assembly environment of some kind often work their whole 8-hour shift in one single position, moving nothing but their arms to complete their tasks. These people need to find time to move their bodies to maintain healthy blood flow and reduce the risk of varicose veins. The lack of movement plagues many professions on this list and causes more risk for varicose vein development.

Barbers and Hair Stylists

Barbers and hairstylists tend to work the whole day on their feet. Luckily, they have perfect opportunities for each client to get some movement worked into their day. Take a quick walk around the shop, and sweep up some of the excess hair around your chair or station. Actively take opportunities to get movement into your day and stay healthy.

Flight Attendants

Long flights can leave flight attendants sitting in small, confined areas. Take every opportunity to be active and walk throughout the plane to keep your blood pumping back and forth in a healthy manner.


Teachers spend a lot of time standing up in front of the classroom and sitting at their desks with little movement. Lack of movement takes a toll overtime on the health of your veins. Teachers are often seen with varicose veins for this reason.

To fight the development of varicose veins, teachers should talk to and from class rather than using the elevator. Some simple staircases throughout the day between classes can make a difference. Consider compression stockings if you feel like you are beginning to develop varicose veins.


Bartenders spend hours standing behind the bar, sometimes not moving from the same small area for hours on end. Whenever they have some downtime, bartenders should take a moment to contrast and flex the calf muscles and walk around as much as possible.

Construction Workers

Even though many of them are pretty active, many construction workers work their shifts in a single location, often performing repetitive tasks for several hours. Workers need to find time to get movement mixed into their day in these situations.

HOW Can A Profession Increase Your Risk Of Varicose Veins?

The common denominator between all of these jobs is some lack of movement. If your job requires you to stand all day, sit all day, work in a small area, or work on a computer most of the time, you will have a heightened risk of varicose veins. Good news? You can prevent the development of these unsightly veins by mixing more movement into your schedule. Take a break from your work when you’re having a hard time focusing, and take a quick walk around your area, the block, or the office, depending on where you’re at.

Movement helps the veins not have to work as hard getting blood to and from the heart. Your body will thank you when you start showing it that you care with a healthy dose of daily movement.

For those looking for varicose vein treatments in the Columbus area, please contact us. We will be happy to discuss your varicose veins and the best way to remedy them with minimally and non-invasive procedures like laser and more. You can call us any time at 614.917.0696 or email at hello@cvva.care.

We look forward to hearing from you and getting you on your way towards healthy, beautiful veins.

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