Arteries and veins are responsible for circulating blood through the body. Where arteries move oxygenated blood from the heart to the rest of the body, veins carry deoxygenated blood back to the heart. Some of these veins, called deep veins, have valves that helps blood to keep moving against gravity and toward the heart. Over time, vein walls and valves can weaken or become damaged, resulting in chronic vein insufficiency.
Symptoms of chronic vein insufficiency may include:
- Varicose veins
- Leg aches or cramping
- Heaviness or tiredness
- Leg swelling
- Poorly healing wounds
There are many factors that place a person at risk for developing chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). Gender and age may increase your risk. For example, females are more likely than males to develop the disease due to fluctuations in hormone levels. Other factors that may increase your risk of CVI include:
- Family history
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Prolonged standing
- Obesity or excess weight
- Current or previous pregnancies
Many individuals can manage vein disease by taking conservative measures such as:
- Manage body weight
- Exercise regularly, focusing on exercises that work your legs (like running or walking)
- Elevate your legs whenever possible
- Avoid prolonged standing or sitting
- Avoid clothes that are tight around the waist, groin or legs
- Avoid shoes that limit use of the calf muscles (i.e. high heels)
- Eat a diet low in salt and rich in fiber
At the TRA Interventional & Vascular Clinic, we use endovascular laser treatment for varicose veins, putting an end to your discomfort and a beginning to beautiful legs in just about an hour. This laser technology gives excellent results without the pain and lengthy recovery of surgical vein stripping. There is no hospital stay, minimal-to-no scarring, no lengthy recovery and immediate relief of symptoms.
Vein disease is progressive, so the sooner you seek treatment the lesser your chance of developing more symptoms.