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Venous disease affects more
than 80 million adults.

Venous disease ranges from small spider veins to bulging varicose veins and in advanced cases can lead to swelling, skin discoloration and ulceration.

Veins are flexible, hollow tubes with flaps inside called valves. When your muscles contract, the valves open and allow blood to move through the veins. When your muscles relax, the valves close, keeping blood flowing in one direction through the veins. If the valves inside your veins fail to work properly, blood can flow backward and pool in the legs, causing mild to severe symptoms. People who develop these symptoms are said to have chronic venous insufficiency.

What causes venous disease?
The risk factors for venous disease include the following:

    • Heredity – Venous disease runs in families.
    • Women who have had multiple pregnancies are at higher risk.
    • Standing or sitting too long without walking can increase pressure in the veins of the legs.
    • Being overweight or having a high body mass index exacerbates varicose veins.

Don’t suffer venous disease in vain.

In the past, people with venous disease were told to live with their symptoms and wear compression stockings. Fortunately, advances in technology have led to new treatment options, many of which are minimally invasive, so the need for surgery is greatly reduced.

These treatments require no incisions, stitches or general anesthesia. So recovery time is minimal and patients are able to resume their daily lifestyle almost immediately.

What happens if venous disease progresses?
Venous disease in its early stages often causes mild symptoms including leg heaviness, aching, dilated or unsightly veins. If left untreated, venous disease can lead to more severe symptoms, including swelling, skin color changes, rashes on the legs, edema, recurrent skin infections and chronic ulcers that may not heal for months or years. People who develop these symptoms are said to have chronic venous insufficiency. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important that you see your doctor right away.
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