What is Chronic Venous Disease (CVD)?
Chronic Vein Disease (CVD) manifests from improper functioning of the vein valves in the leg. Also known as venous insufficiency, abnormal vein function is detrimental to your health. Veins, or low pressure blood vessels, circulate blood away from your heart. Arteries, or high pressure blood vessels, return block back to your heart. Normally, the vein valves keep blood moving back toward the heart. However, improper functioning of the vein valves may cause varicose veins, leg swelling, and leg discoloration.
Symptoms of CVD
Common signs and symptoms of CVD in the legs include pain, discomfort, fatigue, prominent veins, swelling, and in advanced cases, skin changes, and ulcerations.
- Leg pain or discomfort (itching/cramping/restless legs/heaviness)
- Leg Fatigue
- Leg fatigue
- Spider Veins
- Varicose Veins
- Swelling/ “Edema”
- Skin changes/ “Stasis Dermatitis”
Who is at risk?
Some risk factors for CVD are out of your control. These include family history, sex, and age. Other risk factors can be controlled. These include obesity, pregnancy, having a job that requires prolonged sitting or standing, injury, surgery, and blood clots.
You may be at risk for CVD if you:
- Know someone in your family suffers or has suffered from CVD.
- Are female.
- Are older than 30.
- Are obese.
- Are pregnant.
- Stand or sit for a prolonged amount of time (i.e. job requirements)
- Have a prior injury or surgery
- Have a history of blood clots
How common is CVD?
If you suffer from problems related to CVD, you are not alone. More than 30 million Americans suffer from CVD, but only about 1.9 million people (6%) seek treatment each year. This disparity is attributed to the lack of awareness surrounding CVD, a treatable disease that is more than a cosmetic issue.
How is CVD treated?
Your first appointment is an initial assessment and evaluation of your symptoms. Our board-certified physicians use ultrasound guidance and vein mapping to evaluate your symptoms. Your physician will discuss with you a tailored treatment plan best suited to your needs. This visit should last approximately 2 hours.
Most insurance companies require a “conservative trial period” to authorize payment for varicose vein treatment. Depending on your insurance policy, you may be required to schedule an Insurance Required Follow Up (IRF) in 6-12 weeks. At that point, our office will send a predetermination to your insurance company. Once we receive a response from your insurance company, our staff will contact you to schedule your treatment plan.