Venous Disease: knowing your risk and treatment options


Venous disorders are conditions that damage your veins, the vessels that bring blood back to your heart after your body has used the oxygen in them. Common venous disorders include: Chronic venous insufficiency.

Common venous disorders include:

Chronic venous insufficiency
Deep vein thrombosis
Excessive blood clotting
Superficial venous thrombosis (phlebitis)
Varicose and spider veins

More than 250 thousand patients are diagnosed with Venous Disease every year. Most vein diseases are chronic conditions that are usually associated with other health issues, like cardiac disease, diabetes, varicose veins, and others. Experts say they can impact anyone, but there are some risk factors that increase a patient’s likelihood for developing vein disorders.

They Include:

*Being over the age of 50

*Being female



*Limited Mobility

*Family History

Some symptoms are obvious:

*Varicose Veins

*Skin discoloration in legs

*Dry or weeping Eczema in legs

While other symptoms are often misinterpreted as normal, everyday issues:

*Swelling/heaviness in legs

*Calf Pain/Cramping

Experts with the Cardiovascular Institute of the South say the first line of defence when it comes to Venous Disease is often compression therapy. That’s when compression stockings are used to pump the blood back up, because the valves that usually work with our calf muscles to make it flow upward, are compromised in some way

Other treatments include what’s known as “vein ablation therapy”. According to CIS’s Dr. Amit Patel, “Once these valves become dysfunctional, there’s really no utility for that. So we like to shut the bad vein down and that allows blood flow through the other good veins.”

Media Contact:
John Mathews
Journal Manager
Journal of Phlebology and Lymphology