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Your Veins under Compression

Spider veins in foot and ankle with compression sock being applied. Compression Care

Blood travels through our arteries and veins in a cyclical manner, propelled by the pumping action of the heart. Arteries carry oxygen-rich blood away from the heart to the rest of the body, while veins carry oxygen-depleted blood back to the heart. Arteries have thick, elastic walls that can withstand the high pressure of blood being pumped from the heart, while veins have thinner walls and valves to prevent backflow of blood.

Venous return refers to the process of blood returning to the heart through the veins, aided by the contraction of surrounding muscles and the presence of one-way valves. Venous insufficiency occurs when these valves in the veins are not functioning properly, causing blood to pool in the lower extremities and leading to symptoms such as swelling, pain, and skin changes.


Compression garments, such as compression socks, can help improve circulation and alleviate symptoms of circulation and venous issues. These garments work by applying pressure to the legs, helping to support the veins and improve blood flow back to the heart. Common circulation and venous issues that can be treated with compression garments include varicose veins, deep vein thrombosis, and lymphedema.


Overall, understanding how blood travels through our arteries and veins, the differences between arteries and veins, and the importance of venous return is crucial in maintaining optimal circulatory health and preventing complications related to poor circulation.

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