Venous insufficiency

This is a general term referring to the inability of your veins to efficiently drain your blood from your legs.

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What is venous insufficiency?

 

This is a general term referring to the inability of your veins to efficiently drain your blood from your legs. It can refer to problems with the deep veins (“deep venous insufficiency”) or your superficial veins (“superficial venous insufficiency”). Most often, venous insufficiency is caused by a problem with the valves in your veins called ‘reflux.’

 

This occurs when the valves or veins become weakened and no longer function properly. Then, when your leg is in the “down” position, blood which is normally held by the valves flows backwards - down, instead of up, your leg. This causes pressure in the veins; the pressure gets higher as the blood backs further down the leg. So, for example, the pressure at your ankle is greater than the pressure at your thigh when you are standing up. Reflux is thought to be the primary cause of varicose veins.







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