Can I Prevent Chronic Venous Insufficiency?

Hello! I’m Dr. Primepares Pal founder and medical director of Minnesota Vein Center. We’re located in North Oaks, Minnesota. I am board certified in internal medicine and board certified in venous and lymphatic medicine. I’ve been in practice for over 20 years. The last 10 years, my practice has been dedicated to the treatment of vein disorders.

Can I prevent chronic venous insufficiency?

Venous insufficiency is a condition where the flow of blood through the veins is impaired. In normal, healthy veins, blood flows from the legs back towards the heart. Venous insufficiency occurs when blood flow throw the veins is obstructed as with blood clots, a condition referred to as deep-vein thrombosis or when there is reverse flow of blood because of damaged valves, a condition known as venous reflux. In many cases of chronic venous insufficiency, patients may have both obstruction as well as venous reflux.

Signs and symptoms of chronic venous insufficiencies may include large ropy varicose veins, ankle or leg swell, skin discoloration, and leg sores or ulceration.