Chronic Venous Insufficiency
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- Swelling of the legs
Pain in the legs, especially after walking:
- Red or brown darkening of the skin on the legs
- Varicose veins
- Ulcers on legs, especially around the inside of the ankles
- Scaling skin on legs
- Hard, leathery skin on legs
Improving Blood Flow
Sclerotherapy or Ablation
- Valve repair
- Vein stripping to remove the faulty vein.
- Bypass surgery—A new length of artificial vein is connected to two areas of the malfunctioning vein. This allows the blood flow to bypass the area that is not working.
- Maintain a healthful weight
- Exercise regularly
- If you smoke, talk to your doctor about how to quit
- Avoid standing or sitting for long periods of time
- Avoid wearing restrictive clothing such as girdles or belts
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov
Vascular Disease Foundation http://www.vdf.org
Canadian Society for Vascular Surgery http://canadianvascular.ca
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
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- Reviewer: Michael J. Fucci, DO
- Review Date: 08/2013 -
- Update Date: 03/30/2015 -
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