As we learn more about excess weight and its consequences, it has become clear how far-reaching its effects truly are. We have known for years that excess weight can lead to cardiac issues as a result of high blood pressure and high cholesterol. More recent studies have identified that some of the factors underlying cardiac arrhythmias, including atrial fibrillation, are directly linked to excess weight and obesity. A 2015 study1 in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology shows that obesity has direct follow-on ramifications including increased risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD) and atrial fibrillation.
When we experience mild leg pain, we often associate it with muscle strain or overuse. Oftentimes, that’s exactly what it is, and the pain goes away within a few days or a week with rest and proper care. However, recurring or persistent pain, especially in the legs, can be a sign of varicose veins. Most people associate varicose veins only with unsightly bulging and knotted veins under the skin. While this is the primary and most obvious symptom, pain does occur in some cases.