Venous Disease goes by several different names including varicose veins, chronic venous disease (CVD), chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), superficial vein thrombosis (SVT), thrombophlebitis, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), ambulatory venous hypertension, post thrombotic syndrome, spider veins, and reticular veins. It can be confusing. Varicose Veins is the term most often used but it is important to note that more often than not common symptoms such as aching, tiredness, fatigue, heaviness (from prolonged standing, prolonged sitting), burning, itching, swelling, restless leg syndrome, leg cramping, ulcerations, clotting and bleeding can occur without the presence of large self-evident varicose veins.
Venous disease affects between 24 and 71 % of American men and women. It affects all ages groups and is the most common chronic condition in North America. It results in 4.6 million missed worked days per year with an estimated cost as high as $1 billion per year. Untreated venous disease is a progressive disorder. Swelling or edema is often a sign of advanced venous disease and can be a harbinger of worst things to come such as advanced skin changes with red inflammation (venous eczema), dark staining, skin thickening, or at its worse venous ulcers.
Fortunately, all venous conditions can be effectively treated with modern straight forward, minimally invasive out -patient procedures with little or no down time. “Vein Stripping” is no longer practiced.
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