What You Need to Know About Chronic Venous Insufficiency

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Tampa vein doctorChronic venous insufficiency (CVI) is a condition that occurs when veins responsible for pumping blood back towards the heart are unable to do so effectively, and blood instead becomes pooled uncomfortably within the veins. This medical condition most commonly occurs in the lower extremities and particularly the legs, as it these veins that must fight the hardest against the forces of gravity in order to pump blood upwards towards the heart. While chronic venous insufficiency in itself does not pose a serious threat, it can be extremely uncomfortable for any patient who experiences it and may also present signs that other associated conditions are present, associated conditions which can pose serious threats.

The causes of CVI are quite varied, and like other venous disorders, typically develop from a combination of both genetic and individual lifestyle factors. Those who are older or who have a family history of vein disease are more likely to develop CVI, and while it was once thought that women are more affected than men, recent research has shown that both men and women are equally susceptible. Factors that are within a patient’s control include obesity, smoking, lack of exercise or general inactivity, or working in a profession that requires long periods of sitting or standing. In addition, CVI can also develop as a result of injury to an area or as an associated condition to such disorders as high blood pressure or deep vein thrombosis, the latter of which is a very serious venous condition.

The most obvious physical indications of CVI are varicose veins or leg ulcers that are resistant to healing. There can also be skin discolorations present, particularly around the ankles. Those who have CVI will also report feelings of discomfort that include tightness in the calves, itching throughout the legs, swelling around the ankles, and a general pain that occurs when walking but that is relieved during rest.

The recommendations for preventing chronic venous insufficiency are nearly identical to the recommendations given for maintaining your vein health in general. This advice includes maintaining a healthy diet and body weight, remaining active and getting frequent exercise, quitting smoking if applicable, and protecting your legs from trauma or injury. If you travel frequently or work in a profession that limits your movement, try to work in as many breaks as you can so as to move around and get your circulation going.

If any of the above symptoms sound familiar to you or you feel that you may be at risk for developing CVI in the near future, especially if your family history or personal history indicates such risk, then please contact Dr. Zuzga at the West Florida Vein Center today to schedule a vein screening by calling (727) 712-3233.

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