What is Chronic Venous Insufficiency?
- Posted on: Feb 15 2019
Your veins are the highways delivering de-oxygenated blood back to the heart. There are one-way highways with valves to prevent backflow. In the legs, the veins have to fight an uphill battle the entire way. The muscles in your feet and calves help out by contracting with every step you take, helping to push the blood up through the veins.
When the vein walls weaken with age and when the backflow valves start to leak and allow backflow, the blood can pool in the veins. This happens in a condition called chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). CVI can lead to varicose veins, swelling in the legs and ankles, itching skin on the legs and feet, and even skin infections. It is estimated that 40 percent of the people of the United States population have some degree of CVI.
We treat chronic venous insufficiency at Nevada Vein and Vascular.
What causes chronic venous insufficiency?
CVI occurs when the valves in the veins become damaged, allowing blood to leak backward. This can be a result of a blood clot in the deep veins of the legs, a disease known as deep vein thrombosis. It can also be a result of aging, extended sitting or standing, or obesity. CVI is more common in women and in people over the age of 50.
What are the risk factors for chronic venous insufficiency?
There are certain risk factors that make it more likely a person will develop CVI. These are the most important risk factors:
- Varicose veins
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Extended periods of sitting or standing
- Being a female
- Being over the age of 50
How is chronic venous insufficiency treated?
At Nevada Vein and Vascular, there are different ways Dr. Albright and Dr. Dixon can treat CVI. We will first try compression therapy and an exercise routine to get your legs helping push the blood. If those don’t work, laser ablation is the likely option to close off the veins and have your body re-route the blood to healthier, stronger veins.
Do your legs ache and have you developed new varicose veins? Are your legs they cramping more than usual? You may have chronic venous insufficiency. Call us at Nevada Vein and Vascular, (775) 323-3000, and let’s check out your legs.
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