Winter will be here before we know it! When cold weather arrives, our body’s circulatory system slows down. The circulatory system permits blood flow and the transport of nutrients throughout the body.
The function of our vein valves is to keep blood flowing back to the heart. When the valves are weakened, blood often pools in the legs. As a result, patients with venous insufficiency may experience tired, heavy, swollen legs.
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot forms in a deep vein, typically in the leg. A blood clot is a gel-like mass formed by platelets that can block a vein. This causes significant problems, as blood flow past the clot is decreased.
It’s common to feel “pins and needles” after sitting in one position for a long period of time, but when does this sensation indicate a more serious problem? If you often experience numbness or tingling in your extremities, you could have poor blood circulation.
The holiday season is one of the busiest times of year for travel. While you’re excited to see your family after months apart, the long journey can be extra stressful for people suffering from varicose veins. Whether you are traveling by plane, train or car, long periods of sitting are not good for restricted vein valves.