Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) is a condition that occurs when the walls and valves in the leg veins are not working correctly, preventing blood from returning to the heart from the legs. Although there are many risk factors associated with CVI, it is primarily caused by blood clots and varicose veins.
Over time, CVI can significantly affect your life quality by causing pain, swelling, and skin changes in your legs. If you have a family record of CVI, there are some steps you can take to lower your chances of developing the condition.
Obesity and Venous Insufficiency
Obesity is a risk factor for CVI. You can reduce your risk of suffering from CVI and slow progression by losing extra pounds. Excess weight places a lot of pressure on the valves inside your leg veins and causes varicose veins and other circulation problems.
A safe way to lose weight is to combine exercise with a healthy, balanced diet. Besides helping you lose weight, exercising can strengthen your leg muscles to improve blood flow back to your heart. Walking, jogging, swimming, and biking can help you build your leg muscles.
Besides having a healthy lifestyle, using compression socks can help you alleviate pain and discomfort caused by venous insufficiency. These socks squeeze your legs, increasing the pressure so your vein can deliver blood back to your heart.
Easy Habits to Improve Your Life
Many of the risk factors associated with CVI are related to a person’s lifestyle. People can reduce their chances of developing venous insufficiency by making small lifestyle changes, such as:
- Getting regular exercise
- Avoiding wearing high heels
- Avoiding standing or sitting for long periods
- Maintaining a healthy body weight
Get Treatment at the Center for Advanced Vein Care
Venous diseases have life-long symptoms that affect the quality of life of the patient if left untreated.
Our goal is to minimize pain and disability at the Center for Advanced Vein Care and help you live a full, active life.
We offer various non-invasive procedures to close off malfunctioning veins, reduce pain, and improve large, swollen veins’ appearance. Call us at (440) 710-1140 or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment with a board-certified doctor.