- Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI)
- What is Chronic Venous Insufficiency?
- What are Varicose Veins?
- Symptoms of Chronic Venous Insufficiency
- Risk Factors of Chronic Venous Insufficiency
Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI)
What is Chronic Venous Insufficiency?
What are Varicose Veins?
Symptoms of Chronic Venous Insufficiency
- Swelling in your lower legs and ankles
- Achy legs
- Tired legs
- Dry skin
- Varicose veins
- An open sore or ulcer
Risk Factors of Chronic Venous Insufficiency
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- Extended periods of sitting or standing
- Family history
- Varicose veins
- Venogram: This exam uses X-ray technology to examine the flow of blood through the veins. It involves the injection of contrast material into a vein. Venograms are used by physicians to detect blood clots and detect varicose veins.
- Duplex ultrasound: This noninvasive test determines the speed and direction of blood flow through veins and arteries.
- CT scan
- MRI scan
- Blood tests
- Do not sit or stand for extended periods. Moving your legs even a little helps to keep the blood circulating.
- If you have any open sores or infections, take care of your wounds.
- If you are overweight, try to lose weight
- Regular exercise is essential.
- Specify which skincare treatments can help and which can worsen the problem.
- Specify treatments or medicines that may help.
- Leg pain, which may cause your legs to feel heavy or tired.
- Skin sores caused by inadequate blood flow in the veins that do not heal or recur.
- Thickening and hardness of the skin of the legs and ankles (lipodermatosclerosis)
- Sclerotherapy involves injecting saltwater (saline) or a chemical solution into a vein. The vein hardens and then fades.
- Phlebectomy involves small surgical cuts (incisions) in the leg near the injured vein. The vein is removed by a single incision.
- Procedures that can be performed in a provider's office or clinic, such as those involving the use of a laser or radiofrequency.
- Varicose vein stripping is a procedure that is used to remove or tie off a major vein in the leg, known as the superficial saphenous vein.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
CVI (Chronic Venous Insufficiency) is mostly cured in its early stages. For patients with CVI, vascular medicine or vascular surgery doctors usually recommend a combination of therapy.
Yes, walking is beneficial. Exercise can also help with venous insufficiency. Exercising causes your heart to beat faster and which leads to improving the blood flow in the lower legs.
Untreated varicose veins can cause serious complications such as rashes, infections, bleeding, ulceration, and blood clots. If your leg is already swollen, the problem may be exacerbated.
Varicose and spider veins do not just disappear, but they can often become less visible. You may also notice that symptoms subside, especially if you reduce weight or increase your physical activity.