Have you or a loved one experience chronic venous disease? If so, you probably have several questions about the causes, symptoms, treatment options, and more. Having the proper information can help you tremendously in fighting this debilitating condition. Here are some frequently asked questions we receive about chronic venous disease.
What is Chronic Venous Disease?
Chronic venous disease, otherwise known as chronic venous insufficiency, is a condition that occurs when blood does not flow back to the heart. This can be caused when blood valves breakdown or fail, resulting in blood pooling in your veins. Oftentimes chronic venous disease only results in cosmetic issues, but it has the potential to become much more serious.
What are the Causes of Chronic Venous Disease?
Now that we know what chronic venous disease, it is even more important to know how it is caused. Chronic venous disease can develop in those who have a history of high blood pressure, obesity, and smoking. The condition is also more commonly seen in female patients, and in those of advanced age.
What are the Symptoms of Chronic Venous Disease?
Symptoms of chronic venous disease can vary with each patient. Most symptoms can be seen as varicose veins, itching, swelling, cramping, skin ulcers, color changes of the skin, and feelings of heaviness.
How Can Chronic Venous Disease Be Diagnosed?
Diagnosing chronic venous disease can be done through a series of exams on the patient’s legs. Doppler ultrasound is able to determine if the blood flow in the legs is normal or not.
How Can Chronic Venous Disease Be Treated?
Treating chronic venous disease is determined by what stage the condition is in. During early stages of chronic venous disease, simple treatments can be used such as wearing compression stockings. These easy-to-wear garments are able to reduce swelling and pain. Patients can also increase their amount of physical activity to alleviate some symptoms. When we stand or sit for long periods of time, we are restricting the blood flow in our legs. Progressive conditions of chronic vein disease can be treated with more advanced treatments such as laser ablation and sclerotherapy.
Choosing the Laser Vein Center
If you are concerned about a potential chronic vein disease diagnosis or are looking for treatment, look no further than the Laser Vein Center. Our professional staff is led by Dr. Wright, who has years of experience in providing advanced treatment options for those diagnosed with this debilitating condition. Call today for your free consultation!