Understanding Chronic Venous Insufficiency
Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) affects the body’s ability to keep the blood flowing and ensure the body is healthy. Blood flows throughout the human body – pumped from the heart to the body’s organs and then pumped back to the heart.
In the lower parts of the body, blood must flow upwards from the legs back to the heart. It’s an uphill struggle (literally) and many people suffer with swollen legs and poor circulation.
Nevertheless, the human body has its own unique way of making it happen. When you walk, calf and feet muscles contract to squeeze the veins and push the blood upward. To keep the blood flowing up, and not back down, the veins contain one-way flaps called valves. The entire process of sending blood back to the heart is called the venous pump.
Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) occurs when these valves become damaged and the lower body struggles to pump the blood back to the heart. Blood pressure in those veins stays elevated for long periods of time and leads to swollen legs and/or CVI.
Some types of venous insufficiency have no symptoms whatsoever. However, there are usually a wide variety of symptoms including:
- a feeling of heaviness in the legs, especially at the end of the day, soothed by putting feet up or by walking
- swelling in the legs, particularly around the ankles and calves
- tingling or numbness
- muscle cramps
- itching, restlessness, etc.
These symptoms are most commonly felt in the calves and tend to increase as the day goes on and during hot weather.
What happens if i don’t get treatment for chronic venous insufficiency?
When the condition develops, and particularly if it is not treated, you may observe:
- the formation of visible and unattractive varicose veins, often painful to begin with,
- followed by incapacitating complications, such as edema and serious skin complaints with changes to skin color, even resulting in the formation of skin ulcers.
Over 30 million Americans suffer from Chronic Venous Insufficiency but only a small fraction seeks treatment. Early diagnosis and treatment can halt the progression of this disease and we strongly encourage you to see a specialist if you have any symptoms of varicose veins or CVI.
Dr. Kaveh is careful to evaluate all potential causes of your symptoms to deliver an accurate diagnosis. If you are diagnosed with varicose veins or CVI, he can thoroughly explain your condition and the treatment options available to you. With recent breakthroughs in medical technology, the latest techniques are minimally invasive with very little or no pain, and a quick recovery time.
Here at Alpha Vein Clinic we offer both the ClariVein procedure and the Venaseal procedure, the two most advanced treatment options available. Dr. Kaveh is one of the physicians in Nevada trained to perform the ClariVein and Venaseal procedure. His experience and commitment to his profession has resulted in many successful treatments and healthier, happier patients. Please contact us for an evaluation and take action to prevent your condition from progressing. Our friendly staff is here to help! Please call our office at (702)-430-7661.
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