What is Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI)?

Symptoms that indicate poor blood flow in lower legs

When legs lack adequate circulation, you could experience:

  • painful and tired legs
  • heavy and swollen (edema) legs
  • cramping, tension and discomfort • itching
  • unsightly spider or varicose veins

Optimum blood circulation in the lower legs is critical. It is key to being at your active best and enjoying life.

Causes of poor blood flow in the lower legs

Poor Blood Flow

With CVI the lower leg veins are dilated and have lost their function.

As a result blood flows back into the veins and pools into the tissue of the lower leg causing pain, swelling (edema), heaviness, tiredness, spider and varicose veins.

Increased fluid in the lower leg tissues causes the discomfort and over time can further damage the veins worsening the symptoms.

Returning blood to the heart has to be pushed uphill and is hard work for the circulation. Nutritional supplementation and good lifestyle habits can benefit blood circulation.


Factors Affecting Blood Circulacion

Age
Problems may appear early but increase with age.

Gender
Women are affected more ofen because of pregnancy (hormonal changes, fetal pressure) and hormonal contraception.

Daily lifestyles
Problems may appear afer long periods of sitting or standing, lack of exercise, lifting heavy objects, heat exposure, wearing ,tight clothing and high- heeled shoes.

Excess Weight and Poor Diet
Excess weight and poor dietary habits often associated with constipation can increase pressure on the veins.

Medical Conditions
Conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure can also affect blood circulation.