Vein problems are common. Some estimates are that as many as 40 percent of Americans have some level of chronic venous insufficiency, or CVI.
Venous insufficiency occurs when the veins in your legs struggle to send blood back to your heart. Normally, valves in the veins keep blood from pooling in your legs, but sometimes they fail to work properly.
Why do people develop venous disorders?
Sometimes a blood clot in the leg (deep vein thrombosis) damages the valves. Other common causes of vein problems include:
- Heredity—if you have a family history of vein disorders, you’re more likely to have problems as well.
- Age—being over 50 raises your chances of a vein disorder.
- Sex—women are more likely to develop vein disorders than men.
- Prolonged standing or sitting.
- Pregnancy or having been pregnant.
How can you help prevent or control a vein disorder?
You can’t control all the factors that may influence development of a vein disorder, but there are some steps you can take:
- Exercise—walking, in particular helps keep the blood pumping through your legs.
- Wear support hose to help control swelling and improve blood flow.
- Stop smoking.
- Keep moving—get up and move a bit or even just flex your legs if you’re in a situation that requires prolonged sitting or standing.
- Lose weight if you’re heavy.
- Elevate your legs when you can and keep them uncrossed.
What can a doctor do to help?
Doctors who treat vein disorders can offer many treatment options, depending on the severity of the problem. Treatments range from the simplest—helping fit you with appropriate prescription compression stockings—to more complex, like prescribing drugs or even performing surgery to repair or remove damaged veins.
It’s important to see a doctor because vein problems can be more than unsightly. They can lead to problems like ulcers that can become infected and be difficult to heal. The earlier you seek treatment, the lower your chances of developing complications.
Talk to our team to learn more about the best conservative and interventional treatment options for your vein condition.
The advice and information contained in this article are for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.
For more information on vein diseases and the treatments provided by the specialists at Palm Vein Center or to make an appointment, call 623-201-4777. We look forward to meeting you!