Chronic Venous Insufficiency in Williamsport, PA
Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) is when the leg veins do not allow blood to flow back to the heart. If valves in the veins are not working properly, they will cause blood to flow both directions, not just toward the heart. The condition is not a serious health threat, but can be disabling and cause pain or discomfort.
People who are obese, pregnant or have a family history of the problem are more at risk for chronic venous insufficiency. It may also be caused by high blood pressure, lack of exercise, smoking, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and phlebitis.
Chronic Venous Insufficiency Symptoms
Symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency may resemble other conditions, so make sure you consult a physician if you experience:
- Brown-colored skin
- Leg ulcers
- Pain during walking relieved by rest
- Swelling in the legs or ankles
- Tight-feeling calves or itchy, painful legs
- Varicose veins
Vascular providers at UPMC specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic venous insufficiency in Williamsport, PA. Find a Provider to learn more about treatment options or to make an appointment.
Chronic Venous Insufficiency Causes
A variety of factors may contribute to chronic venous insufficiency. These include aging, sitting or standing for an extended period of time, or a combination of aging and reduced mobility. When veins in the legs are weakened enough to prevent blood from flowing up to the heart, blood pressure in the veins stays high for long periods of time, leading to CVI.
Chronic Venous Insufficiency Treatment at UPMC
Treatment for chronic venous insufficiency will be determined by your physician and may vary depending on your age, overall health, medical history, extent of the condition and symptoms.
Chronic venous insufficiency treatments may include:
- Measures to improve blood flow in leg muscles
- Medications to reduce swelling and improve blood flow
- Sclerotherapy: A chemical to scar non-working veins and reroute blood flow through other veins
- Surgery: Seldomly recommended, surgery may include ligation, repair, vein transplants or subfascial endoscopic perforator surgery
The Heart and Vascular Institute at UPMC provides complete care for people with chronic venous insufficiency in Williamsport, PA, and the surrounding areas.