Beautiful Legs, with no varicose veins

Our circulatory system is formed by arteries, capillaries and many groups of veins. It is in the Long Saphenous Vein (LSV) where varicose veins have their origin. This vein and its tributaries run from your foot, the inner side of your calves and thighs to the groin where it joins the femoral or deep vein.
Another major vein, affected by this circulatory disease is the Short Saphenous Vein (SSV), but in less degree than the other one. It runs from the bone outside your ankle foot up to the middle of the inner side of the calf. It joins the deep vein right behind your knee joint.

Although, the varicose problem is mainly originated in these veins, any vein from your legs can become a vein varicose, but the symptoms show with less intensity.
Recent medical researches have proved that varicose veins are not an exclusive female problem. In fact, more and more men are presenting this problem as well. Though, women are still the most affected, especially the ones who are up to 60 years old.

Causes of Varicose Veins

About other factors related to the incidence of varicose veins, there is no definite proof that is a genetic, height, or obesity problem. However, it is common to see this disease in the mentioned case.
A special case of vein varicose is constituted by pregnant women. The more pregnancies a woman has had, the more prone she is to develop leg spider vein and/or varicose veins due to the pressure of the womb on the legs.

Other factors that may unchain the formation of varicose veins is being standing up and sitting down during long hours.

Possible Explanation of Varicose Vein Formation

But the question is why a vein becomes varicose? It may be considered idiopathic -unknown- but here are however, two possible explanations for them:

a.  Leg veins have valves that allow the flow of blood up to the heart and from the superficial veins to the deep ones. When these valves are not working correctly anymore, this distends the vein’s wall and the rest of valves along the leg vein.

b.  Veins walls have collagen (strength) and elastin (elasticity), substances. If these substances are not present in normal quantities, the walls get weakened, therefore the presence of varicose veins.
The types of veins we have been referring above are primary veins that do not cause serious damage to the person. But there is another type of varicose vein, more severe, of secondary veins, due to a thrombosis blocking of the deep veins, pelvic tumors or congenital artery and vein problems.

As for varicose vein treatment, usually there are two types: surgical or invasive and non-surgical or non-invasive procedures. The most recurrent surgical varicose vein treatment is sclerotherapy, which consists of the varicose vein injection of a saline solution that makes the vein collapse and gets absorbed by the neighboring blood vessels. Vein laser or vein removal employs a laser of high-intensity that gets rid of leg swelling.

A safe and leg-friendly vein treatment is the use of a leg wedge pillow between your legs for prevention and healing pain and swelling. The elevation this type of pillow can give you, whether on your left side, the most highly recommended sleeping position for varicose vein patients, or any position you like to lie on, allows the free flow of blood and oxygen through your leg veins, and the diminish of pressure in your lower limbs. Left untreated, varicose veins can lead to the formation of blood clots, a very severe disease called Deep Venous Thrombosis.

Correct Positioning Eases Varicose Veins and other Circulation Problems

The most common circulation problems, like varicose vein,  can be effectively prevented and relieved with resting in a correct position. However, to make your body reach a proper alignment, you require an appropriate support. Nowadays, doctors are recommending orthopedic pillows like the Leg Wedge Pillow™, which is design to match the shape of your body maintaining a correct posture. Click on the link below and check this innovative pillow which corrects your body position and provides you a nice sleep.


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