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Varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency are treated at The University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, VT.
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Varicose veins are enlarged, twisted blue or purple veins. They can happen when you have a condition called chronic venous insufficiency, which is when the leg veins cannot pump enough blood back to the heart. Fortunately, varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency aren't usually considered a serious health risk.
In healthy veins, blood flows from the limbs back to the heart. Valves are present in leg veins and help prevent blood from flowing backwards. In patients with venous insufficiency, those valves become damaged and no longer work properly.
Risk factors for developing venous insufficiency include:
Symptoms of venous insufficiency:
Other symptoms can include skin discoloration, varicose veins and skin ulcers.
The process of diagnosis may involve the following:
A key goal in treating chronic venous insufficiency is to decrease pain and disability and prevent the development of venous ulcers. The type of treatment that is right for you will depend on the severity of your condition and your general health.