Venous insufficiency

Alternative Names

Chronic venous insufficiency

Definition of Venous insufficiency

Venous insufficiency is a condition in which the veins have problems sending blood from the legs back to the heart.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Venous insufficiency is caused by problems in one or more deeper leg veins. Normally, valves in your veins keep your blood flowing back towards the heart so it does not collect in one place. But the valves in varicose veins are either damaged or missing. This causes the veins to remain filled with blood, especially when you are standing.

Treatment

Take the following steps to help manage venous insufficiency:

Review

Benjamin W. Van Voorhees, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics and Psychiatry, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 5/13/2010

Heart, front view
Venous insufficiency

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