Chronic Venous Insufficiency

Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) is an ongoing medical condition that occurs when varicose veins worsen or when a blood clot prevents valves from working properly. These damaged valves prevent your legs from pumping enough blood back to the heart and results in blood to pooling in the veins. The increased pressure in the veins causes to the legs to swell which can damage skin resulting in open wounds, inflammation or venous skin ulcers. Your doctor can provide you with steps to relieve symptoms and limit risk of ulcers.

  • Swelling in the lower legs and ankles
  • Calves may feel tight
  • Legs may feel tired, heavy, or achy
  • Skin is dry, itchy, or discolored (red or brownish tinge)
  • New formation of varicose veins
  • Formation of ulcers

Varicose veins can lead to chronic venous insufficiency.

Understanding CVI and Ulcers

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