Chronic Venous Disease

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolism (PE), or both, affects an estimated 300,000-600,000 individuals in the U.S. each year. It is estimated that up to 100,000 Americans die each year from DVT/PE.

Chronic venous disease is a common disorder that affects the veins of the legs.A Chronic Venous Disorder (CVD) is a long-standing condition involving impairment of venous return in varying degrees of severity.

Venous insufficiency is caused by a series of disorders in the vein including when the valves of the veins fail to function properly, causing venous blood to collect or “pool” in the veins (venous stasis).   Venous insufficiency can often become more chronic and lead to spider veins, varicose veins, phlebitis, blood clots, skin changes and a most serious disorder, venous leg ulcer.

Take Control of Your Vein Health

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms below, it’s time to ask your physician to refer you to the experts at the McLaren Macomb Vein Center.

  • Varicose veins
  • Swelling in the lower legs and ankles, especially after extended periods of standing
  • Pain, aching or heaviness in the legs
  • Leathery-looking skin on the legs
  • Flaking or itching skin on the legs or feet
  • Stasis ulcers (or venous stasis ulcers)

Left untreated the seriousness of CVD, along with the complexities will worsen over time, and should be treated as soon as possible to avoid incremental discomfort and deeper venous complications.