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Venous insufficiency involves the impaired functioning of the superficial and/or deep venous systems. It is characterized by a decrease in the return of blood to the heart caused by a change in the vein wall. This health problem, especially common among women – 70 percent of women over the age of 80 – can develop at any age, but mainly strikes seniors.
In many cases, the following symptoms point to the same health problem: venous insufficiency.
The most important risk factor for venous insufficiency is heredity, but there are also other aggravating factors:
In rare cases, venous insufficiency can cause phlebitis, the formation of a blood clot in the vein. If the clot detaches from the vein wall and travels to the pulmonary arteries, it can ultimately lead to a pulmonary embolism.
The most common complication of venous insufficiency is the onset of varicose veins, which affect from 10 to 20 percent of the population between the ages of 30 and 70. Having a parent who has a venous disorder increases your risk of developing varicose veins by 45 percent.
Varicose veins are bluish, dilated and twisted veins that protrude under the skin. They are generally found on the legs, especially on the calves, and gradually grow worse. A single varicose vein can cause significant discomfort.
Varicose veins generally do not lead to complications among those who have them. They can be treated, however, either to diminish the associated pain or for esthetic reasons: compression stockings, pain medication, sclerotherapy (injection of a concentrated chemical solution that causes the venous tissue to scar and die off) and, in some cases, surgery.
While we have no control over our genetic baggage, we can change some of our habits. Here are a few tips to help you prevent circulation problems, or at least reduce their impact:
If you suffer from venous insufficiency, there are many treatment options available, based on the severity of your problem. These
There are many professional pharmacy services that can help you alleviate venous insufficiency:
Do you have questions about venous insufficiency or how to treat it? Talk to your pharmacist. He’s there to help!
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