Chronic vein disease,otherwise known as chronic venous insufficiency, is a health condition of abnormal or diseased veins. Chronic vein disease happens when some of the tiny valves in the veins (particularly those of legs and ankles) cease to function properly, causing blood to pool in the veins.
Chronic vein disease causes a variety of uncomfortable symptoms, including leg swelling, pain, feeling of heaviness, fatigue, itchy skin, discolored skin, and skin ulcers. In most cases of chronic vein disease,compression therapy is recommended to improve circulation in the legs and reduce the symptoms associated with vein disease.
Let’s learn more about compression therapy, its role in managing chronic vein disease, and where you can go for this therapy in Boca Raton, FL.
Compression Therapy:What Is It?
Compression therapy is a common conservative treatment to improve the blood flow in the lower legs to ease symptoms of vein diseaseslike chronic venous insufficiency, varicose veins, deep vein thrombosis, orthostatic hypotension, and others.
Compression therapy involves the use of compression stockings, bandages, wraps, or inflatable devices to prevent blood and fluid from building up in the legs.
Like many other therapies, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to compression therapy, the amount of compression (pressure) you need for your chronic vein disease depends on your unique condition. Your vein doctor will consider several factors to determine the level of compression (low, medium, or high) you need and how long you need to wear your compression stocking or inflatable devices.
Role of Compression Therapy
Here are the key roles of compression therapy in treating and managing chronic vein disease.
It Eases Painful Symptoms
As mentioned in the above section, many individuals with chronic disease experience pain, fatigue, and heaviness in their legs due to impaired blood circulation and pooling of the blood in the legs. Compression therapy puts graduated pressure on the veins of the legs, improves blood circulation, and helps alleviate symptoms associated with chronic vein disease.
The regular use of compression stockings also brings increased comfort and improved quality of life for patients with chronic vein disease.
It Reduces Swelling
Normally, the valves present in the veins of the legs prevent the backflow of the blood and ensure that it flows in the right direction, i.e., towards the heart. When the valves are damaged or impaired, blood begins to pool or flow backward, causing leg edema. Additionally, due to the increased pressure in the veins, the plasma seeps out from the capillaries into the surrounding tissue causing swelling and accumulation of fluid in the interstitial space, leading to edema.
Compression therapy counteracts the effect of gravity, and prevents the backflow of the blood, thereby reducing edema in the legs.
It Prevents Complications
Chronic vein disease, if left untreated, can lead to severe complications, such as deep vein thrombosis (a venous condition in which a blood clot forms in the deep vein, which, if dislodged and travel to the lungs can be life-threatening) and a venous ulcer (non-healing wounds that typically occurs around the lower legs or ankles due to the stagnant blood and increase pressure in the veins).
By improving venous blood flow and reducing venous hypertension, compression therapy can control chronic vein disease symptoms and minimize the risk of these complications.
Chronic Vein Disease Treatment in Boca Raton, FL
If you think you are suffering from chronic vein disease and are seeking a lasting solution to your painful vein-related disease, visit us here at Advanced Heart and Vascular Institute in Boca Raton to see our skilled interventional cardiologist.
Our cardiologists, Dr. Eli Levine and Dr. Michael Schechter, have built an excellent reputation in providing outstanding diagnosis and treatment for chronic vein diseases that offers excellent outcomes.
If you would like to know more about our doctor or chronic vein disease or want to schedule a consultation with our doctors, call us today at (561) 235-5621 or fill out our online appointment request form.