If your Chicago vein specialist has diagnosed you with chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), this means your veins aren’t pumping blood through your legs as they should. In CVI, there is a backward blood flow that collects in your leg veins and presses against the vein walls. This is usually caused by faulty or damaged vein valves.

What do Chicago residents need to know about CVI?

Experts estimate that nearly 40% of Americans suffer from CVI, whether they are aware of the issue or not. This condition is more common in women and in people over age 50, although anyone can be affected.

The most common reason for developing CVI is genetics. This means that if someone in your family has varicose veins, you are more likely to get them too. But there are many other factors that can contribute to CVI, such as:

  • Pregnancy and hormones
  • Injury
  • Obesity
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Smoking
  • Pre-existing medical conditions

CVI is treatable, but early treatment is key

In the early stages of vein disease, CVI can be managed with exercise, compression stockings or other lifestyle modifications. In cases where vein removal is required, endovenous ablation or another minimally invasive procedure may be necessary to feel better and prevent worsening side effects.

As CVI worsens, complications such as leg pain, swelling, and ulcers can arise. This is why it’s so important to seek timely care from a vein care specialist in Chicago. Luckily, Dr. Castro and his professional team are dedicated to serving Chicago residents with the best in modern vein care at our Chicago vein treatment center. Give us a call today at 773-283-7887 to set up your appointment and get back to healthier, better looking leg veins.