When your leg veins cannot pump enough blood back to your heart, you have chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). CVI is also sometimes called chronic venous disease (CVD). CVI can also cause problems with varicose veins and leg swelling because of the pressure from blood pooling in the veins.
To compensate for CVI, your lymphatic system may also produce fluid, called lymph. The leg tissues may then absorb some of this fluid, increasing the tendency for swelling.
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