Causes of CVI
Chronic Venous Insufficiency is most commonly caused by a blood clot in the leg. These clots can damage the vein and the valves in the vein that allow blood to flow properly. Once damaged, the veins will collect pooled blood as mentioned above. Those most likely to suffer from CVI are individuals with leg injuries, the elderly, and those who are severely overweight.
How Do I Know if I Have CVI?
You may notice a combination of the following symptoms:
- Swelling in the affected leg, particularly in the lower leg
- Varicose veins, which may show in the form of bulges under the skin and/or discolored veins showing through the skin of the leg
- Skin lesions that have discolored and may itch
- Open ulcers may appear on the skin of your leg
Your doctor will ultimately perform an ultrasound on the presumed affected leg to determine if you have chronic venous insufficiency.
How Is CVI Treated?
Doctors may recommend that your chronic venous insufficiency is treated very simply with rest and elevation of the affected leg. They might suggest you compress the area where the veins are collecting blood to help treat the issue. Finally, in-office treatments are available to quickly and effectively treat your chronic venous insufficiency. Our physicians will employ a technique called Venaseal to treat your CVI, helping you achieve long-term relief.