About 25% of the world’s population experience venous insufficiency, including more than 80 million Americans. When left untreated, venous insufficiency can cause a variety of uncomfortable symptoms, including swelling, phlebitis, blood clots, venous stasis ulcers, and spontaneous varicose bleeding. At Goldman Vein Institute in Jupiter and Wellington, Florida, board-certified vein and vascular specialists Saluja Varghese, MD, RVT, RPVI, Alexander Goldman, MD, RVT, RPVI, and the caring team specialize in diagnosing and treating venous insufficiency. To schedule an appointment, call the office nearest you or book online today.
Venous insufficiency is a serious medical condition that prevents your veins from supplying adequate blood flow to your heart. Over time, venous insufficiency causes your blood to pool in the legs, increasing your risk of blood clots and varicose veins.
At Goldman Vein Institute, the team uses state-of-the-art equipment and diagnostic technology to treat venous insufficiency with attention to detail. Although there’s no way to prevent venous insufficiency entirely, there are steps you can take to lower your risk significantly.
Venous insufficiency usually occurs due to blood clots or varicose veins. When your veins are healthy, your blood flows through your limbs and back to your heart. Small valves within the veins close as your blood pumps, preventing a backflow.
If your blood develops a clot, it damages your vein valves. Over time, this damage causes your blood to leak backward and pool. Other factors that increase your risk of venous insufficiency include:
You’re also more likely to develop venous insufficiency if you don’t exercise regularly, or you have a family history of the condition.
The symptoms of venous insufficiency vary from person to person and depend on the condition’s severity. Common indications of venous insufficiency include swelling, phlebitis, blood clots, itchy legs, weak legs, and spontaneous varicose bleeding.
Other signs of venous insufficiency include varicose veins, venous stasis ulcers, and a feeling of tightness in your calves. If you experience these or other similar issues, contact the team at Goldman Vein Institute right away.
To diagnose venous insufficiency, your Goldman Vein Institute provider conducts a physical exam, asks you about your symptoms, and reviews your medical history. If these steps don’t provide enough information, they might order a venogram or duplex ultrasound. These diagnostic imaging procedures provide a close-up look at your blood vessels and veins.
At Goldman Vein Institute, the team usually recommends conservative treatments to manage venous insufficiency. For example, if you have a mild case of venous insufficiency, you might benefit from wearing gradient compression stockings or taking prescription medications like Vasculera® or Epiceram®. These treatments can aid in the relief of uncomfortable symptoms.
If you have a more serious case of venous insufficiency, your Goldman Vein Institute provider might recommend sclerotherapy, ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy, or Varithena® treatment.
To explore your treatment options for venous insufficiency, make an appointment at Goldman Vein Institute. Call the nearest office or book online today.