Chronic Venous Insufficiency in Bellevue, OH

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Chronic Venous Insufficiency

If you have a vein disease, such as chronic venous insufficiency, you should trust only specialists, like our board-certified radiologists, for the best treatment. Our team is known for combining state-of-the-art treatment techniques with outstanding patient care in a comfortable setting. Located in Bellevue and serving Sandusky, Fremont, and Norwalk, Ohio, Vein & Body Specialists can help you treat your vein disease safely and effectively.

What Is Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI)?

Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) describes the disease characterized by improperly functioning vein valves. To understand vein disease, we must first understand how healthy veins work. All veins that function properly with healthy valves allow blood to move toward the heart while standing and sitting. When functioning correctly, the valves inside veins will prevent blood from flowing backward and causing pressure and the pooling of blood in the lower leg. The pull of gravity is most significant at the lower part of the leg.

So, what happens if those valves begin not closing correctly? As you can imagine, when those valves are not working properly, there can be a pooling of blood in the lower leg, causing the veins of the legs to enlarge and press against nerves near the skin and causing the sensation of pain. When the veins become engorged, you may experience swelling, redness, itching, and dry skin. These are symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). If you do not treat these symptoms, they may become severe, and ulcers (open areas) can begin to form.

At Vein & Body Specialists, we see cases of chronic venous insufficiency from various factors. If you have hypertension, extended periods of sitting and standing can cause flares in CVI. If you have a relatively sedentary lifestyle, or incorporate habits like smoking, these factors may also contribute to CVI. Deep vein thrombosis is another contributor to chronic venous insufficiency. Contact our Bellevue, OH office to learn more about CVI.

What Are the Symptoms of Chronic Venous Insufficiency?

The first noticeable symptom of CVI is often leg pain or discomfort, particularly after prolonged standing. This may include a heavy or aching sensation or a feeling of tightness in the calves. Swelling is another common symptom, often in the ankles and feet. Over time, CVI can also cause changes in skin color and texture. The skin over the affected veins may darken, thicken, or become hard and leathery, a condition known as lipodermatosclerosis. Varicose veins are another hallmark symptom of CVI. The appearance of enlarged, twisted veins is typically more than just a cosmetic concern. This condition is a sign that the veins are struggling to push blood back to the heart, which leads to blood pooling in the legs.

Who Gets Chronic Venous Insufficiency?

Almost anyone can develop CVI if the vein valves begin not working correctly. Some people, however, are predisposed to develop this condition. The most common cause of chronic venous insufficiency is blood clots that form in the deep veins, causing damage to the valves.

Can I Get Help for My Chronic Venous Insufficiency?

If you are experiencing symptoms of CVI, you can trust Vein & Body Specialists to help alleviate any concerns and discomfort you may experience. With our varied vein treatments, we can find a treatment plan that fits your needs and lifestyle. With proper treatment, we can minimize the more serious risks associated with CVI and treat the symptoms for maximum comfort.

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If you have chronic venous insufficiency, Vein & Body Specialists can help you today. Patients in and around Bellevue, Sandusky, Fremont, Norwalk, and the surrounding communities in Ohio are encouraged to schedule an appointment with our board-certified radiologists to experience effective and safe treatment for CVI.

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What Happens if Chronic Venous Insufficiency is Left Untreated?
When left untreated, chronic venous insufficiency symptoms can become more painful and immobilizing. Not only that, but more serious conditions can develop, like worsening blood clots, bleeding veins, and ulcers.
Will CVI Go Away?
No, chronic venous insufficiency will not go away on its own, nor can it be completely "cured." However, the symptoms of CVI and the condition itself can be managed with proper treatment and care.
Which Treatment Should I Get for Chronic Venous Insufficiency?
The most appropriate and effective treatment for your chronic venous insufficiency or other vein problems will be best determined during a private consultation with our team. Depending on the nature and extent of your symptoms and condition, we may recommend endovenous laser therapy, sclerotherapy, or another treatment to help relieve your CVI symptoms.
What are the symptoms of Chronic Venous Insufficiency?

Symptoms of CVI include leg swelling, varicose veins, aching or throbbing leg pain, skin changes, and ulcers. At Vein & Body Specialists, we assess these symptoms comprehensively to tailor a treatment plan that best suits each patient’s condition.

How is Chronic Venous Insufficiency diagnosed?

Diagnosis of CVI usually involves a physical exam and ultrasound imaging to assess the blood flow and vein structure in the legs. At Vein & Body Specialists, our team uses state-of-the-art diagnostic tools to accurately identify CVI and its severity.

Can lifestyle changes improve Chronic Venous Insufficiency?

Yes, lifestyle changes can significantly impact the management of CVI. Regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding prolonged standing or sitting, and wearing compression stockings are recommended. At Vein & Body Specialists, we guide patients through these changes for effective symptom management.

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