Nurses, flight attendants and teachers are just a few professionals who know too well what it is like to deal with painful, heavy, swollen legs. But for some, these symptoms may actually be a sign of a much deeper chronic condition.
“Chronic venous disease occurs when veins in the legs become inflamed and stop working effectively,” says Dr. Beverley Chan, a vascular surgeon in Canada. “This makes it difficult for blood to flow back to the heart. Blood that pools in the legs can damage the veins, causing pain, swelling and discomfort, among many other symptoms.”
According to a recent survey, nearly 20 per cent of us experience chronic venous disease symptoms on a yearly basis. Symptoms are exacerbated after periods of prolonged sitting or standing. Family history, weight, pregnancy and previous medical conditions can all increase the risk of developing the disease.
Fortunately, there are ways to manage and treat chronic venous disease. Regular exercise and the use of compression stockings can help reduce symptoms. For more long-term options, over-the-counter oral products like Venixxa are available. This natural health product works by improving venous tone, resulting in improved blood circulation as well as reduced pain, lower-leg swelling and sensation of heavy legs.
To find out if you are at risk of chronic venous disease, talk to your healthcare provider or learn more at Venixxa.ca/veinscore.