Is Chronic Venous Insufficiency Life-Threatening?

June 21, 2018 • • Vein Disease

Chronic venous insufficiency is a condition that occurs when the veins are no longer functioning properly. It can lead to the development of abnormal veins, including spider veins and varicose veins. When left untreated, this condition can result in serious complications, some of which may even be life-threatening. 

What Is Chronic Venous Insufficiency?

One of the most common vein diseases, chronic venous insufficiency is a serious condition that causes the valves in the leg veins to stop working as they should. Normally, these valves prevent blood from flowing backward. However, when they malfunction, blood can pool in the veins. Chronic venous insufficiency may also be referred to as "venous reflux disease."

Complications of Chronic Venous Insufficiency 

The most common complication of chronic venous insufficiency is the development of varicose veins, along with cramping, tingling, pain and other discomforts. If varicose veins are left untreated, they can cause ulcers to form in the skin. These ulcers may become infected in some cases, which can be life-threatening for patients with certain chronic conditions like diabetes. 

It is also important to note that chronic venous insufficiency may be associated with other life-threatening conditions. For example, if you have deep vein thrombosis, you may be more likely to develop chronic venous insufficiency. In such cases, resolving the DVT should be the top priority, as these clots can break free and cause serious and even fatal complications. 

Seeking Treatment

If you have developed varicose veins because of chronic venous insufficiency, several treatments are available. For example, radiofrequency ablation can be used to force these veins to seal off and be absorbed by your body. Likewise, sclerotherapy can be used to introduce a special solution into varicose veins that will cause the walls to stick together. Once the flow of blood is blocked, the vein will collapse. 

Different vein treatments offer different advantages for patients. If you are interested in learning more about your vein treatment options, please contact Tri-City Vein Center today to schedule a consultation. 


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