Woman's legs in pool

Venous Disease

Venous disease or chronic venous insufficiency is when the valves in the veins in your legs don’t function properly and blood can’t get back up into your heart. Blood may flow backwards or pool in your legs, causing pain, swelling, leg cramps, change in skin color and texture, as well as varicose veins and leg ulcers. While this is not a life-threatening condition, venous disease can be painful and even disabling.

Venous Disease Information

Venous Disease is characterized by swollen legs or ankles, tight calves, or itchy legs, pain when resting, brown discoloration around ankles and feet, and leg cramps. Your doctor can diagnose this condition by taking your medical history and symptoms, as well as performing an imaging test to look at the blood flow through the veins in your legs.

There are many treatments for venous disease, including:

  • Improving blood flow with elevation and compression stockings.
  • Medication
  • RFA treatment to close effected veins and improve blood flow through the rest of your leg.
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Surgery in severe cases.

These symptoms are similar to other chronic conditions, so it is important to talk to a doctor to find out if it is venous disease or a more serious health condition. Contact Carolina Cardiology Associates today to learn more.

varicose vein diagram

The experienced physicians at Carolina Cardiology Associates are committed to the health of every patient who walks through our doors. We understand the challenges of cardiovascular disease and will work with you to provide treatment, education, and a plan for the future to help you live your healthiest life.