Chronic Venous Insufficiency Specialist

Vein & Cardiovascular Center

Ashish Pal, MD, FACC

Cardiologist & Vein Specialist located in Orlando, FL & Sebring, FL

Up to 40% of women and 20% of men have chronic venous insufficiency, which means your blood pools in your legs rather than circulating upward normally. Untreated chronic venous insufficiency can lead to tissue damage, ulcers, infections, and cellulitis. By seeking expert counsel from Vein & Cardiovascular Center: Ashish Pal, MD, you can get the problem diagnosed and treated before you have serious complications. Ashish Pal, MD, FACC, sees patients at three locations in Orlando, Sebring, and Davenport, Florida, so call the one nearest you or book an appointment online.

Chronic Venous Insufficiency Q & A

What is chronic venous insufficiency?

Chronic venous insufficiency is a serious condition affecting the veins in your legs. Normally, the one-way valves at the top of your veins push blood upward, so it can return to your heart. 

When your valves are damaged, however, or when you have a blood clot (deep vein thrombosis) preventing blood movement, blood can’t circulate normally. Blood eventually collects in your veins and leads to vein wall weakening and varicose veins. 

Chronic venous insufficiency can cause a number of serious issues including:

  • Heavy-feeling legs
  • Ankle and leg swelling
  • Leg aching, cramping, and pain
  • Discolored skin
  • Slow-healing wounds
  • Leg ulcers
  • Infections 

The best way to avoid these issues is to recognize problem signs like varicose veins, and then get treatment promptly. 

Can varicose veins turn into chronic venous insufficiency?

Yes. If you don’t get treatment for varicose veins, they can progress to chronic venous insufficiency. Many people regard varicose veins as an unfortunate cosmetic issue but don’t realize that they’re actually a serious health problem requiring medical attention.

Am I at risk for chronic venous insufficiency?

Among the many risk factors for chronic venous insufficiency are:

  • Heredity
  • Sex: women are most affected
  • Age over 50
  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Occupation requiring extended periods of standing

If you’re at risk or notice possible symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency, it’s important to schedule a vascular analysis and consultation with Dr. Pal as soon as possible. 

How do you treat chronic venous insufficiency? 

Vein & Cardiovascular Center: Ashish Pal, MD offers a variety of minimally invasive treatments for chronic venous insufficiency. Dr. Pal uses treatments like Venefit™ radiofrequency ablation, laser vein closure, VenaSeal™, and sclerotherapy.

Venefit directs measured radiofrequency heat evenly throughout problem veins. The heat triggers the vein to collapse and closure. Then, the vein withers naturally due to a lack of blood supply. 

You absorb the vein tissue, and the blood moves into healthy veins nearby. This restores normal circulation in the area and effectively resolves varicose veins and symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency. 

This procedure can effectively treat chronic venous insufficiency without major surgery or extended downtime like that needed for old-fashioned methods such as vein stripping. 

You don’t have to live with chronic venous insufficiency and all of its painful issues. Call the Vein & Cardiovascular Center: Ashish Pal, MD office closest to you, or use online booking to arrange your consultation with renowned vein expert Dr. Pal.