Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) affects as many as 40% of adults in the United States and is especially common among women. The expert team at River City Vascular Specialists uses the most advanced technology to diagnose and treat CVI.
Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) is a common vascular disease that happens when the veins in your legs stop working as they should. This makes it difficult for blood to return to your heart, causing it to pool in your legs, instead
Without treatment, CVI can lead to painful and disabling symptoms, such as:
Leg pain from CVI may worsen when you stand and get better when you elevate your legs.
Veins move blood back to your heart from other organs in your body. The veins in your legs must fight gravity to push blood back to your heart. Muscle contractions in your leg muscles help push blood upward, and small valves in your veins prevent blood from flowing back down.
When these valves become damaged and stop working effectively, you have venous insufficiency. Valve damage allows blood to leak backward into your legs and pool there.
The most common cause of CVI is a blood clot in the deep veins of your legs, known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). As many as 30% of people with DVT develop CVI within 10 years.
First, your River City Vascular Specialists provider reviews your medical history and performs a physical exam. They may also take diagnostic imaging tests, such as a vascular ultrasound.
Then, the team at River City Vascular Specialists develops a personalized treatment plan for your particular needs. CVI treatment usually begins with lifestyle changes, such as:
If the affected veins are superficial, the team at River City Vascular Specialists may treat them with radiofrequency ablation or an injection (sclerotherapy) to destroy the vein. When CVI affects deep veins, minimally invasive procedures, such as angioplasty or stenting, may be necessary. CVI rarely requires open surgery, such as a bypass.
CVI is easiest to treat in its early stages. Call River City Vascular Specialists.
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