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What is Venous Insufficiency?

What is Venous Insufficiency?

When it comes to your health, it’s important to pay attention to every symptom from head-to-toe, and keep your doctors informed of any changes, especially as we age. Even the minor symptoms can lead to something serious if ignored — information that’s even more vital when it comes to your veins.

As a significant part of blood flow, your vein health is critical. Nearly one in every three Americans over the age of 45 has some vein disease (Venous Insufficiency being one of them). Here’s what you need to know:

What is Venous Insufficiency?

More common in women, Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) is when your veins or valves (usually in your legs) stop working as they should. Because of CVI, blood has a hard time going from the heart to the legs, and blood can begin to “pool” or collect in the affected veins. The collected blood is often called venous stasis.

Who’s At Risk?

It’s estimated that 40 percent of people in the United States have CVI, and it’s more common for women than men. The primary causes are lack of mobility, aging and increase standing or sitting. Those who have multiple pregnancies, are overweight, smokers, and have a history of blood clots are all at risk, too.

Symptoms to Watch For

It’s vital to seek treatment early because as it progresses, procedures can often become a bit more complex. Knowing what to look for and speaking to a doctor early can stop damage and lead to less invasive treatments.

You may have CVI if you are experiencing:

  • Swelling in the lower legs and ankles
  • Achey or tired legs
  • New Varicose veins
  • Stasis ulcers
  • Itchiness

Remember: Seeking treatment early is crucial. Complications, if left untreated, can be severe, but with early detection, compression stockings and exercise can help.

If you suspect you might have a vein issue, the Henry County Hospital medical staff is here to help. We use state-of-the-art technology and personalized care. Schedule your appointment at the Henry County Laser & Vein Center, today!