Correlation Between Sitting and Venous Stasis

Venous stasis is a condition in which the veins in the legs don’t function properly and don’t transport blood from the legs to the heart as they should. Blood would then back-flow in the veins and seep into the tissues causing discoloration of the skin and more complications. There are multiple causes for this condition, which is often accompanied by leg swelling. One common cause is sitting for extended periods of time without getting up and moving around periodically. Read on to learn more about the link between sitting for lengthy periods and developing venous stasis.

Venous stasis can result from several factors. One common cause is simply sitting for extended periods. If you have a job which requires you to sit for several hours a day (for example, you spend most of your day at a desk) or if you sit for extended periods simply because of lifestyle, you may be at a greater risk of developing this condition. Being immobile for any length of time can put you at risk for venous stasis. This can happen during lengthy car rides or by being on a plane or other mode of transportation for several hours without getting up and moving around. It can also occur when someone is hospitalized or confined to their bed, because they don’t get up and exercise their legs.

If you must sit for extended periods, make an effort to move around as frequently and as much as you can. If you’re driving, for example, stop every couple hours and get out of the car and walk around. If you’re flying, you should also get up frequently (when it’s safe to do so) and walk around so you can stretch your legs. If you have a desk job, also be sure to get up frequently, even if it’s just to walk around your desk or up and down the hallway for a few minutes. In some cases, doctors prescribe calf exercises to prevent extended immobility and ensure that patients use their legs as much as they can.

If you suffer from venous stasis or other vein-related problems, book an appointment today with the experts here at Alpha Vein Clinic. We can diagnose the cause of your problems and recommend treating options customized to your needs.

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