Chronic Venous Insufficiency: Causes and Treatment | The Vein Institute of Rochester

Chronic Venous Insufficiency: Causes and Treatment

Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) is a common condition that affects approximately 25 percent of all adults.

When the valves in the veins of your legs stop functioning properly, it can slow the flow of blood from your legs causing bulging veins and a variety of symptoms.There are many factors that affect the likelihood of developing this condition. Fortunately, there are also safe and effective treatment options.

Risk Factors for CVI

While CVI can happen to anyone, there are certain risk factors that increae your chances of developing it. The condition affects more women than men, and it is more common in people over the age of 50. Other factors include:

  • Family history of varicose veins
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Long periods of standing or sitting in one position

Symptoms of CVI

You may or may not experience visible signs of venous insufficiency such as bulging or colored veins on the skin. Symptoms include:

  • Swelling
  • Cramping
  • Achiness
  • Fatigued or tired legs
  • Restless leg syndrome, particularly at night
  • Skin color changes in the affected leg
  • Ulcers or non-healing wounds in the affected leg

Treatments for CVI

Some symptoms of CVI can be alleviated with a change in behavior such as:

  • Elevating the legs
  • Reduce prolonged sitting or standing
  • Compression stockings

These solutions are a temporary fix to varicose vein symptoms. If these measures no longer alleviate symptoms or your CVI worsens, it is time to seek help with our physicians at The Vein Institute. A safe and minimally invasive outpatient procedure can relieve symptoms by shutting down the varicose veins causing the problem.

Contact Us

If you are experiencing symptoms of CVI, the staff at the Vein Institute is here to help. We offer free vein screenings to help diagnose the problem and propose effective treatment options!

Contact us today to learn more about getting rid of varicose veins and their symptoms for good.

How will you feel without varicose veins?

Energized. Attractive. Confident.