M. Darren Mitchell
Lucas A. Christianson
Stephanie J. Carter
Armando D. Camara
Daniel W. Isenbarger
Kevin J. Woolf
What is Vein Therapy?
By National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. (Varicous veins.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Vein therapy treats Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI), a condition that occurs when blood is unable to be properly sent back to the heart from our legs. Arteries carry oxegentaed blood from the heart to our extremities, then the deoxegenated blood is sent back to our hearts through a network of veins via a series of tissue-thin valves that open and close to assist pushing the blood upwards back to the heart. When a valve is damaged it can allow backflow or pooling of blood in the legs, ankles, and feet. This is CVI.
CVI is estimated to affect 40% of the US population, and occurs more frequently in women and people over the age of 50. Family history, obesity, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pregnancy, inactivity, standing for long periods of time, and smoking can all increase the likelihood of developing CVI.
Symptoms of CVI include:
CVI is a progressive disease that can become more severe if left untreated. If you experience these symptoms or have any questions, speak with you primary care physician, cardiologist, or our office.
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