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Varicose Veins and Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI)
Your veins work hard to keep blood flowing to your heart. If they stop working as they should, you may develop varicose veins or chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). CVI develops when the valves stop working properly and allow blood to flow backward (i.e. reflux) and pool in the lower leg veins. CVI is a potentially serious and progressive medical condition. Symptoms can worsen over time if left untreated.
Symptoms of Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI)
You may experience the following symptoms of CVI in your legs.
- Aching, cramping or swelling
- Heaviness or tiredness
- Open skin sores on
- Painful varicose veins
Risk Factors for Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI)
You may be at a higher risk for CVI if you fall into one or more of these risk categories:
- Over 50
- Family history
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Prolonged Standing
- Obesity or excess weight
- Current or previous pregnancies
Preventing Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI)
Some things you can do to help prevent CVI include:
- Manage body weight
- Exercise regularly, focusing on exercises that work your legs (run or walk)
- Elevate your legs whenever possible
- Avoid prolonged standing or sitting
- Avoid clothes that are tight around the waist, groin or legs
- Avoid shoes that limit use of calf muscles (i.e., high heels)
- Eat a diet low in salt and rich in high-fiber foods
Treating Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI)
We offer minimally invasive treatment options for varicose veins and Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI). The procedure we use is done at our vein clinic and is completed within a one hour visit. The actual procedure takes less than 10 minutes. Our patients go home the same day and typically resume normal activities within a few days. Most patients report a noticeable improvement in their symptoms within 1-2 weeks after the procedure.
Dr. Yalcin Hacioglu, Cardiologist, Discusses Venous Insufficiency
Dr. Yalcin Hacioglu, Cardiologist, joined Good Morning Arkansas to talk about a painful but easily treated condition that causes leg pain, venous insufficiency.
What is Venous Insufficiency?
A condition that primarily effects the veins in the legs where this a problem with circulation of blood back from the legs to the heart. When the valves in the veins fail, the blood is not able to flow back to the heart. If the majority of the valves are effected, then was have a condition called insufficiency.
Some of the symptoms may be varicose veins, cramping and swelling all the way to severe symptoms that include open sores. Up to one third of adults have some form of venous insufficiency.
Who is at risk for getting Venous Insufficiency?
A lot of risk factors are involved. Age is number one and the female population is more at risk. Also obesity poses a higher risk for venous insufficiency. Family history can also influence your risk. Occupations that require long periods of standing put people at a higher risk for venous insufficiency.
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