July 2010 Newsletter
Chronic Venous Insufficiency - What Is It?
Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) is a long-term medical condition that occurs because of partial vein blockage or blood leakage around the valves of the veins, typically in the deeper leg veins. While normal valves in your veins keep your blood flowing back towards the heart so it does not collect in one place, the valves in varicose veins are either damaged or missing. This causes the veins to remain filled with blood, posing multiple health risks. Untreated varicose veins can lead to long term CVI.
Read more about vein disease and varicose vein treatment options.
Warning Signs for Varicose Veins and CVI
- Dull aching, heaviness, or cramping in legs
- Itching and tingling
- Pain that gets worse when standing and better when legs are raised
- Swelling of the legs
- Redness of the legs and ankles
- Skin color changes around the ankles
- Varicose veins on the surface (superficial)
- Thickening of the skin on the legs and ankles
- Ulcers on the legs and ankles
Treatment Options for Venous Insufficiency
Treatment of varicose veins is critical to your health and should be addressed as soon as possible. Learn more about treatment options, and discuss them with a vein specialist to determine the best fit for your needs.