Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) occurs when your veins have difficulty transporting blood. This can occur for a number of reasons, and certain risk factors increase the possibility that you'll develop the condition. But for diagnosis and treatment, you can depend on Dr. James McGuckin of the Pennsylvania Vascular Institute in Stroudsburg, Bethlehem, Limerick, King Of Prussia, and Philadelphia, PA. Reach out to learn more about CVI and how it can impact your daily life.
Your Circulatory System
Your heart pumps many gallons worth of blood throughout your body every single day. It does so through the arteries, distributing oxygen and nutrients to everywhere it is needed. Veins, when they are working properly, bring blood back to the heart so the cycle can begin anew. CVI complicates this process as the condition causes blood to pool in the veins in your legs.
Causes and Risk Factors
Blood clots and varicose veins can cause CVI, but CVI can occur even without varicose veins present as it affects both the outer more visible veins as well as inner ones. CVI is more common in people over 50 and more so for women. Pregnancy, obesity, and smoking all can contribute to the likelihood of developing CVI.
Symptoms and Diagnosis
Varicose veins can be a signal of the condition, as can be a number of leg and ankle-related problems. Such as swelling, pain, cramps, itchiness, and thickening of the skin. So it's important to have these examined by your doctor who can diagnose you for the condition by performing a physical examination alongside imaging tests.
CVI Treatment in Stroudsburg, Bethlehem, Limerick, King Of Prussia, and Philadelphia, PA
The type of treatment depends on a number of factors, but managing the condition in the early stages can involve the use of compression stockings as well as a few lifestyle changes, namely exercise. Your doctor can also prescribe medications, and for certain cases that may require it, they may also suggest surgery.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. McGuckin of the Pennsylvania Vascular Institute by dialing (800) 296-9294 for the Stroudsburg, Bethlehem, Limerick, King Of Prussia, and Philadelphia, PA, locations.