Deep Vein Thrombosis
This is an accompanying condition and it is often the cause behind several symptoms of vein disease. DVT is the name for a blockage caused by a blood clot in a deep leg vein. Veins in the thighs or calves are the most at risk for DVT.
Lack of Exercise
Regular cardiovascular exercise strengthens the veins and arteries. Also, regular exercise helps fight off many of the risk factors for developing CVI. However, without exercise, you run the risk of developing obesity which can strain and weaken the valves in your veins.
Smoking exposes your entire body to dangerous chemicals that weaken your immune system, speed up your body’s biological age, and impair your ability to heal.
Leg Injuries and Inflammation
Traumatic leg injuries or swelling that occurs in the leg increases the risk of developing a blood clot as well as vein weakness.
High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure from obesity, heart disease, or even just sitting or standing for long periods of time will weaken your veins and increase your risk of developing CVI.
Pregnancy causes significant hormonal changes and places additional pressure on the leg veins. If you are pregnant or have been pregnant in the past, you are more likely to develop CVI.
A family history of CVI is an indicator that you have a higher risk of developing CVI.