Healthy veins are essential to living. They work to carry our blood throughout the body to the lungs and heart, after which our arteries will take the blood back down only to be returned again by the veins. Our circulatory system does this thousands of times over in a lifetime. A healthy vein can easily manage the return of the blood back up to the heart, against gravity. While most vein disease has a strong genetic link, the more time we spend on our feet and sedentary, the more we increase the likelihood that our veins will have difficulty returning the blood. Our veins have elastic vein walls and small valves that help keep the blood flowing back in the direction of the heart. Age will decrease this elasticity, allowing blood to pool and the veins to become varicose, or abnormally swollen and knotted.
Thanks to Dr. Chuback, we can be free of pain and swelling and comfortable with ourselves.