Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) is a common condition affecting 2-5% of Americans. CVI is a condition in which the veins have problems sending blood from the legs back to the heart. Venous insufficiency is caused by problems in one or more deeper leg veins. Normally, valves in your veins keep your blood flowing so it does not collect in one place, but when the valves in varicose veins are damaged or missing, this causes the veins to remain filled with blood, especially when you are standing. This condition can also be caused by a blockage in a vein from a clot.
There are many factors that affect the risk of developing CVI. People who have a history of deep vein thrombosis in the legs or those who are considered obese have a greater chance of developing venous insufficiency. Women, specifically pregnant women are also more at risk. Additionally, being tall, increased age and existing genetic factors also come into play. Lastly, prolonged sitting or standing can cause CVI.
The symptoms are similar to varicose vein symptoms. Patients can experience dull aching, heaviness or cramping in their legs. Other symptoms include itching and tingling, pain when standing and swelling of the legs. People with chronic venous insufficiency may also have redness on their legs and ankles, superficial varicose veins, and ulcers near the legs and ankles.
If you think you may be suffering from Chronic Venous Insufficiency or have questions contact Reno Vein Clinic at (775) 329-3100 to schedule your free consultation.