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Chronic Venous Insufficiency

Chronic Venous Insufficiency

When choosing a medical professional to treat vein diseases such as chronic venous insufficiency, you deserve a practitioner who’s built a reputation for expert care and exceptional bedside manner. For patients in Lima, Celina and the surrounding communities of Auglaize County, OH, area, that’s Dr. Manu B. Aggarwal, MHSA, MD, a board-certified and aesthetic-laser-certified family physician specializing in vein disease, at the Vein Care Center.

What Is Chronic Venous Insufficiency?

Your veins have one-way valves that allow blood to travel up toward the heart, without gravity causing it to flow back toward your feet. When these one-way valves and vein walls become damaged and thin, blood can pool in the veins in the legs, causing those veins to become larger, pushing on the structures inside the leg. This will then cause pain, itching, dry skin, swelling, and redness. Left untreated, the skin can eventually break down, and an ulcer may form.

Although CVI is not life- or limb-threatening, patients with CVI have an increased risk of developing blood clots, varicose veins and skin changes that can lead to other complications.

How Is Chronic Venous Insufficiency Diagnosed?

At the Vein Care Center, we will use the latest in ultrasound technology to examine your veins and make a diagnosis. If you have chronic venous insufficiency, we will recommend that you wear compression stockings and consider treatment.

What Causes Chronic Venous Insufficiency?

There are several factors that can lead to the development of CVI, such as:

  • Genetics
  • Pregnancy
  • Long periods of standing or sitting
  • Injury to the legs
  • History of clots in the deep veins or in the superficial veins in the legs

What are the Symptoms of Chronic Venous Insufficiency?

There is usually a slow onset of pain in the legs, including heaviness, cramping or restless legs. Swelling is the most common symptom. Skin changes, including dry, itchy skin, can also be present. This can progress to redness and eventually darkening of the skin. Symptoms are usually worse at the end of the day, after work, or after long periods of standing or sitting. Your legs may also feel worse during pregnancy when veins become larger and begin to show on the skin as spider veins or varicose veins.

When it comes to diagnosing and treating vein conditions, you deserve the best care available. For residents of Lima, Celina and the surrounding communities of Auglaize County area of Ohio, that means board-certified and aesthetic-laser-certified family physician Dr. Manu B. Aggarwal, MHSA, MD, at the Vein Care Center. Contact us today to schedule your free screening.

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