Chronic Venous Insufficiency

Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) is a condition that occurs when the venous wall and/or valves in the leg veins are not working effectively, making it difficult for blood to return to the heart from the legs.

CVI causes blood to “pool” in the veins, and this pooling is called stasis.

What Causes Chronic Venous Insufficiency?

Healthy_vs_Diseased_Vein_IllustrationHigh pressure in leg veins leads to inflammation and congestion in the tissue and is responsible for the symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency, which can include:

  • Edema
  • Ankle Swelling / Ankle Discoloration
  • Leg Pain
  • Aching Legs
  • Skin Discoloration / Skin Changes
  • Leg Cramping
  • Leg Fatigue
  • Restless Legs

Vein problems increase with age, can progress to the point of being disabling, and should not be ignored.

Most insurance companies cover treatment of venous disease. Additionally, insurance companies require conservative medical management and a color duplex ultrasound to determine the corrective measures required for the best treatment.

Depending on your policy the length of time for conservative measures can vary. Contact your insurance provider for detail information or call our office.

Over 60,000 Miles of Veins

Chronic Venous InsufficiencyYour legs have a network of veins. These veins have hundreds of one-way valves that help the return of blood back to the abdomen and then into the heart and lungs.

Venous reflux disease develops when one or more of these valves fail, causing increased venous pressure and ultimately blood to pool in the legs. The veins dilate causing varicose veins and spider veins to develop. Achy, heavy, tired, painful, and fatigued legs can develop as a result of venous reflux or insufficiency. Leg and ankle swelling often occurs. Skin itching and burning are also related to increased venous pressure. The skin can become dry, brawny, red, discolored, or a venous ulcer can form.

Do not worry, The Vein Center of Arizona possesses the skill and technology to successfully treat venous disease and restore your legs to a healthy, youthful look and feel.

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