An Introduction to Chronic Venous Insufficiency
We find that many of our patients have questions about chronic vein disease or chronic venous insufficiency. Often, venous insufficiencies, especially varicose veins, go untreated. Certainly, this happens because most people think of them as a cosmetic issue, rather than a potential medical issue. Most importantly, we want to ensure that our clients have the best information about what can become a serious issue.
What is Venous Insufficiency?
In short, venous insufficiency is a condition where there is a problem with the blood flow. Additionally, there is a significant issue where the veins carry the blood back to the heart. Above all, the veins contain valves that control the blood flow to the heart. However, when the valves breakdown or fail, the blood can back up or pool within the veins. In conclusion, this pooling leads to vein conditions such as varicose veins.
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Causes of Venous Insufficiency
To clarify, venous insufficiency can be caused by several factors, including high blood pressure. Moreover, those likely to develop vein disease include those who are:
• Have a family history
• Lack of regular physical activity
Chronic Venous Insufficiency Symptoms
In addition, there are several main symptoms of chronic vein disease, including:
• Varicose veins
• Sores or skin ulcers
• Skin color changes
• Feelings of achiness and/or heaviness
Diagnosis and Treatment
Firstly, a diagnosis of venous insufficiency is done through an exam of the legs. Secondly, a Doppler ultrasound to determine blood flow in the legs.
Chronic venous insufficiency, in its earliest stages, can be treated by wearing compression stockings, which can reduce swelling and pain. Similarly, compression garments can also help skin ulcers heal. In many cases, increasing physical activity can help alleviate the symptoms. So, sitting or standing for long periods of time should also be avoided, and elevating the legs is advised.
However, should the condition be more advanced, vein treatments such as laser ablation or sclerotherapy may be indicated. On top of that, older chronic venous insufficiency treatment methods such as vein stripping have been replaced by these advanced procedures.
St. Louis Laser Vein Center
To sum up, if you’re concerned about varicose veins or other vein conditions, act immediately. In other words, Dr. Wright and his staff at the St. Louis Laser Vein Center invite you to schedule a consultation. Above all, Dr. Wright is an expert in the field of diagnosing and treating vein conditions and diseases.