For CONSULTATION | +974 4450 2050

Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI)

CVI is a progressive medical condition in which venous valves that help carry blood from the legs to the heart no longer function, causing blood to pool in the legs and veins to swell.  Healthy leg veins are designed to allow blood to flow against gravity from the legs back toward the heart.  Tiny valves inside the veins open and close to help control the flow and pressure.  CVI occurs when stresses on the venous system like the increased pressure of pregnancy, age, or standing for prolonged periods of time weaken and stretch the vein structure.  When the veins become weakened or diseased, the blood flow is impaired and the blood tends to pool in the legs.  This impaired blood flow or reflux causes veins to expand, change form and protrude from beneath the skin.

 

Unlike varicose veins alone where patients experience leg tiredness, heaviness or fatigue, additional changes in venous insufficiency include progressive symptoms that can be debilitating and significantly impact quality of life.  People who suffer from CVI may additionally experience:

  • Leg heaviness and fatigue
  • Leg or ankle swelling
  • Leg pain, aching or cramping
  • Varicose veins
  • Skin changes or rashes
  • Ulcers, open wounds or sores

Risk factors for the development of CVI include being overweight, having a sedentary life style, occupations that require prolonged sitting or standing, a history of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), the presence of spider or varicose veins with their corresponding risk factors.

CVI is a progressive medical condition in which venous valves that help carry blood from the legs to the heart no longer function, causing blood to pool in the legs and veins to swell.  Healthy leg veins are designed to allow blood to flow against gravity from the legs back toward the heart.  Tiny valves inside the veins open and close to help control the flow and pressure.  CVI occurs when stresses on the venous system like the increased pressure of pregnancy, age, or standing for prolonged periods of time weaken and stretch the vein structure.  When the veins become weakened or diseased, the blood flow is impaired and the blood tends to pool in the legs.  This impaired blood flow or reflux causes veins to expand, change form and protrude from beneath the skin.

Unlike varicose veins alone where patients experience leg tiredness, heaviness or fatigue, additional changes in venous insufficiency include progressive symptoms that can be debilitating and significantly impact quality of life.  People who suffer from CVI may additionally experience:

  • Leg heaviness and fatigue
  • Leg or ankle swelling
  • Leg pain, aching or cramping
  • Varicose veins
  • Skin changes or rashes
  • Ulcers, open wounds or sores

Risk factors for the development of CVI include being overweight, having a sedentary life style, occupations that require prolonged sitting or standing, a history of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), the presence of spider or varicose veins with their corresponding risk factors.

FEATURED DISEASES

follow us on linkedin