When leg vein and valve performance is disrupted, it can have serious consequences, including venous insufficiency in Maryland.
We often don’t give much thought to the importance of our leg veins. However, these veins, along with one-way valves, play a critical role in maintaining proper health and functioning within the body.
Continue reading to learn how chronic insufficiency develops and what are some of the most common causes of venous insufficiency in Maryland.
Venous insufficiency is a vascular condition in which damaged walls or valves prevent leg veins from returning blood to the heart. As a result, blood pools in the veins, which is referred to as stasis.
Veins are tasked with returning blood from vital organs to the heart. Not only do leg veins have this responsibility, but they must also work against gravity to help blood flow upward.
However, this mobilization of blood is assisted by calf and foot muscles, which contract, squeeze veins, and propel blood away from legs.
One-way valves are also an integral part of this process. They open to allow blood in and close to prevent it from flowing backwards.
But when vein walls or valves become damaged due to aging, prolonged periods of sitting or standing, and/or reduced mobility, blood can collect in veins and cause elevated intravascular pressure. When this occurs for long periods of time, CVI results.
There are three common known causes of CVI.
1. Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) – When a blood clot forms in the deep veins of the legs, it can lead to chronic insufficiency or post-thrombotic syndrome. In 30% of cases of DVT, patients develop CVI within 10 years.
2. Pelvic tumor
3. Vascular malformations
4. Unknown Causes
To learn more about the causes of venous insufficiency in Maryland, please contact our office today to schedule a comprehensive consultation with one of our highly skilled and experienced vein specialists.