Why Are Healthcare Workers Vein at Risk for Vein Problems?
While you spend your entire day caring for patients, your vein health may be suffering. Among healthcare workers, vein health is a seldom discussed topic that deserves attention because the medical field can be so physically demanding. If you’re a healthcare professional, take a minute to think about your own leg health.
What Puts Medical Professionals' Vein Health at Risk?
Like any other profession that requires you to spend long hours on your feet, medical professionals' vein health may suffer. Over time, the continual pressure on your legs can cause veins to dilate, the walls to weaken and eventual valve damage. Spider veins and varicose veins may result.
Women make up the large majority of nurses and healthcare workers. As a woman, you are also more likely to develop vein conditions due to pregnancy and hormones. Hormones (progesterone) relax vein walls, allowing them to dilate. If you take hormone replacement therapy or birth control pills, these may also increase your tendency to develop varicose veins.
If you're a nurse or doctor, long days make it one of the more at-risk professions for developing venous issues. Veins are damaged after spending many hours on your feet, and these professions often require 12-hour shifts. Nursing may also require you to lift and help support patients, adding extra strain to your legs. We see many nurses and physicians as patients.