A blood clot in a veinVeins are an important part of your circulatory system. They serve as the body’s pipeline, sending invaluable amounts of blood to your different organs. They are also easy to overlook; after all, how do you take care of something that runs through your whole body?

Neglecting veins can cause a host of different, and extremely painful, illnesses. The most common of these is the venous peripheral vascular disease. Veniti and other pharmaceutical companies now specialize in the treatment of these diseases. But as the old saying goes: “prevention is always better than cure.”

Venous Peripheral Vascular Disease

Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) is a slow and progressive disease that affects any blood vessels outside the heart. These include arteries, veins, and lymphatic vessels. PVD can cause blockage or damage to parts of the body, which can lead to a lack of oxygen and nutrient supply to organs.

PVD can also cause an appearance of skin lesions, dermatitis, loss of fatty tissue or muscles, discomfort in walking or movement, or in more serious cases, while at rest.

Some forms of PVD include Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), varicose veins, and chronic venous insufficiency. Lymphedema is also another form of PVD that specifically affects lymphatic vessels.

Health Tips

But do not fret — PVD can be prevented. Regular exercise and a low-sodium diet are one of the ways to avoid vein damage. Salt is known to increase blood pressure and causes blockages and damage to veins and arteries.

If constant sitting is unavoidable, try adjusting your sitting position. Sitting in the same position for long periods of time can cut off circulation to the legs increasing the risk of PVD.

Wearing compression garments like stockings or socks also aid in blood circulation. These garments fit snugly around the body to force you lifelines to keep the blood pumping along. Conversely, wearing loose-fitting clothes and comfortable shoes also helps.

PVD is an incredibly painful and challenging disease. With the right precautions, though, it can be prevented and managed.