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How Is Your Leg Health?

December 27th, 2011 | Posted by CenterForVein in Throbbing

This questionnaire is a helpful tool to assess whether you have Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI), also known as Venous Reflux Disease.  This disease is one of the most under treated and under diagnosed diseases in the United States with more 24 million Americans affected.  Many of these individuals are unaware of the specific cause of their pain, swelling or tired legs.  This questionnaire is the first step to assessing whether you may be suffering from this treatable condition.

  • Does anyone in your family have a history of varicose veins, leg ulcers or swollen legs?
  • Do you experience any of the following in your legs?
    • Aching/Pain
    • Heaviness
    • Tiredness/Fatigue
    • Itching/Burning
    • Swollen Ankles
    • Leg Cramps
    • Restless Legs (RLS)
    • Throbbing
  • Do you experience these problems in one or both legs?
  • Do you have any ulcers or skin color changes on your legs or ankles?
  • Do you have pain or swelling in your legs at the end of the day or after periods of standing?

If you have answered “YES” to one or more of these questions you may be one of the millions of Americans who suffer from CVI.  This condition is characterized by insufficient circulation of the blood from the veins in your legs.  Typically valves in your legs should open and close like the valves in your heart, but when the valves are not closing properly this can lead to many of the symptoms mentioned.

Good News: this condition is easily treated once it is properly diagnosed!  It is important to see a specialist to ensure you get the correct diagnosis and treatment that is best for you.  A specialist can determine whether you are suffering from a life threatening blood clot, Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) or simply CVI.  Many people with these symptoms have been checked for a blood clot and their results have been negative.  However, in most cases they have never been checked for CVI while their symptoms have persisted and progressed over the years.  For some, this progression has led to devastating leg ulcers.

Once a specialist has properly diagnosed you with CVI, treatment is a simple in-office procedure that is covered by most insurance companies. Our Radio Freguency (RF) ablation treatment can be performed in less than one hour and you can walk out the door to continue your daily activities or return to work the same day. CVI can be treated, but like many conditions, proper and early diagnosis is the best medicine.

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  • http://twitter.com/b1llymo Billymo

    What is the in-office procedure called?

    • http://www.centerforvein.com/ Center for Vein

      Closure Procedure (Radiofrequency Ablation Therapy)
      http://www.centerforvein.com/treatments.html

      • http://twitter.com/b1llymo Billymo

        I asked the VA about this procedure. They were seemingly unaware. My condition has improved dramatically over the last few months with the use of Grape Seed Extract.

  • http://www.naturaskinclinic.co.uk/ Shelly Saxton

    Thanks for heads-up the venous reflux disease concept! I have that found fantastic mentioned things about chronic venous insufficiency. My leg health is well too. I was totally impressed to know prevention sounds about leg health care.

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