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Chronic Venous Insufficiency

The veins in the legs transport blood back to the heart with one-way valves. The muscles in the legs contract and help the blood fight gravity to travel back to the heart. Chronic venous insufficiency, or CVI, is a vein disease that causes blood to go backward in the veins and pool in the legs. This leg condition is common, but it also can pose serious health risks. Ospina Medical in New York City offers treatment to help those with chronic venous insufficiency control symptoms and reduce health risks.

Symptoms and Risk Factors of CVI

Deep vein thrombosis, or DVT (leg blood clots), is both a cause and symptom of chronic vein insufficiency. It is estimated that 30% of people with DVT will develop CVI. Conversely, those with CVI are at higher risk for DVT or leg blood clots. Some of the other risk factors for chronic venous insufficiency include:

  • Overweight
  • Smokers
  • Female
  • Family history of varicose veins
  • Inactive
  • Aging
  • Pregnancy

Chronic venous insufficiency can begin slowly and becomes worse as it progresses. The symptoms can include leg/feet/ankles with swelling, varicose/spider veins, itchy skin, cramping, aching and skin ulcers. The skin will often become discolored due to blood pooling. Without treatment, the condition can become more severe and create serious health risks. Treatments in the early stages of this vein disease are effective and can reduce symptoms and risks of health complications from CVI.

Those with chronic venous insufficiency are at risk for blood clots that could cause a pulmonary embolism. In addition, symptoms can be painful and reduce mobility. If you have symptoms of CVI, contact our medical team at Ospina Medical. We can diagnose and offer treatment for chronic venous insufficiency and varicose veins at our clinic in Midtown Manhattan.