Venous reflux is an inherited disease which involves backward flow of blood and subsequent pooling of blood in the leg veins with prolonged sitting and standing. This can lead to varicose veins, leg swelling and deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Blood is meant to flow; if it becomes stagnant there is a potential for it to clot. The blood in veins is constantly forming microscopic clots that are routinely broken down by the body. If the balance of clot formation and blood movement is disrupted, significant clotting can occur. People who sit or stand for long periods of time experience decreased leg muscle activity which slows blood flow in the leg. Prolonged travel increases the risk of clotting. Working at a desk also increases someones risk level. Other contributing factors to consider include: vein disease, smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, being overweight, pregnancy, recent surgery, and/or blood clotting disorders. Seek help from a Phlebologist if you are at risk for a blood clot. If you think you may have a current blood clot, go to the Emergency room immediately. The trip may save your life.
Published by Terri Morrison Consulting LLC
Terri Morrison was the co-founder of Morrison Vein Institute since 1995. Terri has spent the last 20 years as a vein care speaker on marketing, sclerotherapy and compression both nationally and internationally. She was an early activist for nursing in the ACP, Program and Section Chair of the Nursing Section, and co-authored the Fundamentals of Phlebology Nursing manual. Terri was also a Maricopa County burn unit, ICU and ER trauma nurse for over 22 years; marketing for 20 years; community college instructor; and piloted airplanes for 14 years before starting the vein business. Passionate is her favorite word. Passionate about her family including kids and grandkids, treating veins, compression (ACP delegate to the International Compression club), leading volunteer medical trips to South America, taking care of her office and colleagues for 21 years and travelling. Now I’ve started a new Consulting Company to help providers and patients learn Sclerotherapy, Compression stockings, garments, Velcro wraps for edematous legs. Also I lecture internationally on compression, marketing, and face- hand- leg- feet- chest vein Sclerotherapy. I travel to Vein clinics to teach hands on Sclerotherapy and Compression techniques. View all posts by Terri Morrison Consulting LLC