Is venous insufficiency life threatening?

Venous insufficiency is a condition that prevents the free flow of blood from the legs to the heart. It usually stems from the valves in the veins failing to prevent the backflow of blood in the legs.

The condition affects more than 200,000 Americans, most of whom don’t know the hazards of leaving it untreated.

Common symptoms

Chronic venous insufficiency is known to result in varicose veins or spider veins in the affected leg. These are usually symptomless and quite manageable with less invasive office procedures. If left untreated, however, venous insufficiency can lead to other chronic complications such as bleeding, ulcers and deep vein thrombosis, which is a life-threatening condition.

To ensure you don’t end up a victim of these spinoff conditions, the first thing to do is identify the severity of your venous insufficiency. A vein specialist can help diagnose and determine the severity of your venous insufficiency.

Seek treatment to avoid dangerous complications

As stated above, venous insufficiency symptoms range from mild to life-threatening. You may experience swelling of the legs and feet, itchy skin, aching legs, spider veins, varicose veins, cramping, skin discoloration, and ulcers.

Alone, varicose veins, which is perhaps the most common complication of venous insufficiency, can cause a serious threat to your long-term health. If you experience excessive pooling of blood in the varicose veins, you may develop ulcers and spontaneous bleeding.

While the severity of these complications may vary from case to case, untreated venous insufficiency with the said symptoms can easily result in deep vein thrombosis (DVT). This is the formation of a blood clot in the veins that can be fatal if it reaches the lungs. If you exhibit any signs of chronic venous insufficiency, it is wise that you seek medical attention as soon as you can.

 

Call Desert West Vein and Surgery Center today to be checked if you suspect you have venous insufficiency.

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