Proper blood circulation supports life–that’s how vital good blood flow is to the human body. Veins are an integral part of the circulatory system, which supplies your body’s cells to sustain cells and fuel new cell growth. You can’t enjoy a high quality of life (and a long life) without good vascular health. That’s why it is crucial to seek vein treatment if you notice symptoms. You should see your vein doctor in any case, because vein problems can be silent and symptom-free until they become very serious.
What Your Veins Do for You
Your blood vessels run throughout your body, covering a lot of ground, so to speak. In fact, an adult may have 100,000 miles of blood vessels in their body, according to the non-profit (Ben) Franklin Institute, Cleveland Clinic, and other experts. To supply your body’s cells, the blood absorbs oxygen (passing through the lungs), and nutrients (passing through the intestines) and removes waste products (passing through the kidneys) along the way. Blood flow also helps control body temperature.
Veins are a large part of this system of vessels (the circulatory system), where they have a specific role. Veins are responsible for the challenging “return journey” in blood circulation. Veins carry de-oxygenated blood from cells to the heart to continue circulation through the arteries. Carrying blood back from the extremities, especially the legs (upward, against gravity), requires support from special valves within your veins. These valves prevent blood from flowing backward, pooling in the veins, and causing vein problems like bulging and varicose veins.
Risk Factors for Vein Problems
Other issues besides faulty vascular valves can contribute to making varicose veins and vein disease more likely, including:
- Genetic predisposition.
- Hormonal fluctuations.
- Excess body weight.
- Lack of exercise.
- Standing/sitting for extended periods.
- Tight clothing. (Yes, even this adds pressure to veins/valves.)
All these factors can weaken veins or increase pressure on them, making their job much more difficult–and circulatory problems more likely. Looking at the list of causes, you can see why vein problems are so common. We all have one or more of those risk factors in our lives. That’s why vascular surgeons recommend that everyone have their vascular health assessed and any conditions treated early. Don’t worry, our advanced procedures, including vein surgery, are minimally invasive with little downtime involved.
Expert Vein Care Across New Jersey
There’s no need to neglect vein health when a visit to your local Vein & Vascular Institute in NJ is so convenient. Our vein doctors offer the most advanced and effective treatments. We can evaluate your vascular system and treat any issue, including varicose veins. To maintain vascular health, contact your NJ Vein & Vascular Institute today for an appointment.