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Chronic Venous Insufficiency

Venous insufficiency is a condition in which the veins have problems sending blood from the legs back to the heart. It affects up to 40% of adults, sometimes without them even knowing. Without treatment, the condition causes varicose veins, painful legs, an inflammatory skin rash, and non-healing leg sores or ulcers.


This condition is usually caused by absences of vein valve from birth or caused by a damaged vein valve.


Here is how:

Veins are thin-walled structures inside of which a set of valves keeps blood in the body flowing in one direction. The heart pumps oxygen-rich blood to the body’s tissues through thicker-walled arteries; the veins return that blood to the heart. Veins located close to the surface of the skin are called superficial veins and the veins found in the muscles of the arms and legs are called deep veins.


How chronic venous insufficiency happens:

It happens when damaged vein walls hinder the circulatory system, allowing blood to collect and flow in a backward fashion when the muscles relax. This creates an unusually high pressure buildup in the veins. This buildup causes further stretching and twisting of the veins, increased swelling, more valve incompetence, sluggish blood flow and potential blood clot formation. This condition is called chronic venous insufficiency. Eventually, it can lead to various disorders known as venous disease like inflammation of the affected vein which can be much more serious when the infection gets worse. Many people suffer from this without knowing.


Symptoms are similar to those of varicose veins.


When to Call Your Doctor

Call us if you have a painful, swollen vein that does not disappear in a few days, or if you have unexplained swelling in an arm or leg.

Symptoms of Venous insufficiency causes varicose veins and other symptoms, such as:

● Painful, itchy, and/or aching legs

● Swelling in your lower legs and ankles

● Thickened and discolored skin

● Eczema-like skin rashes

● Nonhealing ulcers on your lower leg or ankle


Treatment is exactly the same same with varicose veins. If concerned about your symptoms call us at

(506) 648-7013.

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