05.06.2014

Understanding Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI)

Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) is a condition that occurs when the valves and/or the venous wall in the leg veins no longer work effectively in returning blood to the heart. This causes blood to pool in the veins resulting in varicose veins. CVI is a progressive medical condition that may worsen over time if left untreated.

In the following illustration, the “Normal Vein” shows healthy venous walls with valves that can effectively open and close to move blood back toward the heart. The “Dilated Vein” demonstrates damaged and weakened venous walls with a leaky valve, meaning they cannot close and open in order to control the flow of blood in either direction.

Symptoms of varicose veins include enlarged, raised veins and can include pain, charley horses/cramps, aches, heaviness, restless legs or itching and burning of the skin. CVI symptoms can progress to leg swelling, leg pain, skin discoloration and 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 Venefit procedure, the two most advanced treatment options available. Dr. Kaveh is one of the only physicians in Nevada trained to perform the ClariVein 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!