Varicose veins are often misunderstood as simply a cosmetic issue, but when left untreated, they can progress into a more serious condition of venous reflux disease or chronic venous insufficiency (CVI).1
Venous Reflux Disease: Why It Matters and How It's Treated
Healthy leg veins have valves that keep blood flowing to the heart. Venous reflux disease develops when the valves stop working properly and allow blood to flow backward (i.e., reflux) and pool in the lower leg veins.
The goal of treatment for venous reflux disease, which causes varicose veins, is to reduce or stop the backward flow of blood.
The following may be prescribed to treat your varicose veins. Your doctor can help you decide which treatment is best for you:
With proper treatment, the progressive symptoms of venous reflux disease are preventable.
Without treatment, signs and symptoms may progress and significantly impact quality of life, and lead to venous leg ulcers.
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