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.
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Morrison Vein Institute is a medical practice that specializes in the treatment of Varicose and Spider Veins. The Morrison Vein Institute takes the most advanced treatments of veins and vein disease available today and makes them even better by providing compassionate and thorough care. The Morrison Vein Institute specializes in minimally invasive, outpatient procedures for varicose and spider veins, such as Sclerotherapy, Ambulatory Phlebectomy, Endovenous Laser Ablation, VNUS Closure, and Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy, and cosmetic spider vein treatments. Nick Morrison, MD, FACPh, FACS, RPhS, President, International Union of Phlebology, Member, American College of Phlebology Foundation Board Past President, American College of Phlebology, Medical Director, and Co-Founder with his wife Terri Morrison RN. Our team has dedicated our medical practice to veins for 20 years. We are joined in practice by James McEown, MD, Karen Garby, MD and our expert Morrison Vein schedulers, ambassadors and the Professional RN Dream Team. View all posts by morrisonvein