Chapter 1: Normal Venous Circulation

Original author: Frank Padberg

Abstracted by Teresa L.Carman

Content:

  • Introduction
  • Physiology/Hemodynamics
  • Conclusion
  • Commonly asked questions:
    • Why do my legs swell?
    • What if my swelling is only in one leg?
    • What causes the veins to not work well?
    • What can I do about my swelling?

Summary: This chapter will tell you how blood flow circulates in the blood vessels called arteries from heart to the legs and back to the heart through the veins, blood vessels that return the nutritionally depleted blood. You will learn about normal venous return and abnormal venous function, which may result in swelling or edema and skin damage such a discoloration, darkening, thickening and ulceration.

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