Top Risk Factors for Chronic Venous Insufficiency | Vein Doctor Opines

Jun 1, 2019

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Risk Factors for Chronic Venous Insufficiency

Are you suffering from heaviness in your legs? Have you been getting frequent leg cramps or have your legs been very restless of late? Do these symptoms get worse at the end of the day or after sitting or standing for long periods of time? Can you see thin wispy clusters of blood vessels on the surface of your skin?

If you have answered ‘yes’ to any of the former questions, it’s quite possible that you’re suffering from a dangerous vein disease called chronic venous insufficiency. This is an extremely dangerous disorder in which the vein valves — usually responsible for ensuring smooth blood flow from the limbs to the heart — malfunctions. When the valves fail, blood flows back down due to the force of gravity and pools around the legs.

If you are suffering from vein disease, your symptoms will usually flair up at the end of the day or after long periods of sitting or standing still. That’s because more blood accumulates in your legs over the course of the day or if your muscles are inactive, leading to sensations of heaviness and fatigue.

If left untreated, chronic venous insufficiency can have devastating consequences such as the formation of varicose veins, profuse bleeding upon the slightest of scratches, formation of non-healing or slow-healing wounds called ulcers, skin infections, and the formation of blood clots in the veins.

If you do have vein disease, it’s incredibly important to seek treatment at a reputable vein treatment clinic NY as soon as possible because it progresses rapidly. In this article, we discuss the top risk factors for chronic venous insufficiency. If you identify with any of these risk factors, you should take all necessary precautions to try and avoid vein disease.

Genetics

Genetics is the primary risk factor for chronic venous insufficiency. People are 90% likely to be inflicted with vein disease if both their parents have or have had varicose veins. There are a number of different genetic traits that can predispose you to venous insufficiency such as collagen presence, structural components of the veins, and differences in blood vessel development. Based on these factors, genetics is the primary risk factor for venous insufficiency.

Biological Sex

Biological sex is a major risk factor for vein disease. Women are 50% likely to get vein disease for a number of reasons. Estrogen and progesterone, for example, lead to vein wall relaxation, which can make the vein valves ineffective. Fat deposition in women also plays a role in increasing the likelihood of vein disease. In comparison, only 30% of all men suffer from vein disease.

Pregnancy

Several physiological changes during pregnancy increase your likelihood of vein disease. Female hormones increase drastically, leading to vein wall relaxation. The total volume of blood in the body also increases, which leads to vein dilation. The uterus may also apply pressure on the vein walls, leading to external compression. All of these factors make you extremely likely to get spider veins and varicose veins during pregnancy.

 

Obesity

Obesity places great pressure on the veins and also increases estrogen level, both of which increase your likelihood of suffering from vein disease. However, being slightly overweight isn’t an issue — obesity is.

Age

As you grow older, your veins naturally grow weaker, which increases their likelihood of valvular reflux, which leads to chronic venous insufficiency.

Medical History

Have you suffered from deep vein thrombosis in the past? This is a medical condition in which blood clots form inside your veins. If so, you are at high risk of vein disease as blood clots can damage and weaken the vein valves, making them more likely to malfunction. A history of deep vein thrombosis puts you at risk of severe vein disease in the deep veins, which is difficult to treat.

Occupation

Does your occupation involve sitting or standing still for long periods of time? This may include desk jobs, driving, nursing, teaching, etc. If so, you’re at risk of venous insufficiency because being sedentary increases the potential for blood accumulation in the legs.

How to Prevent Chronic Venous Insufficiency?

If you’re predisposed to chronic venous insufficiency because of one of the aforementioned risk factors, there’s no sure shot way to avoid it. However, you can lower your risk of venous insufficiency through some simple lifestyle changes:

  • Physical Exercise: Engage in cardio exercises that work your calf muscles, such as running, swimming, and yoga. These exercises lead to muscle contractions, which helps facilitate blood circulation to the heart.
  • Elevate your Legs: If you have a desk job, then try to keep your legs elevated on some flat surface. This will encourage blood circulation to the heart.
  • Move Around Often: Don’t stand still for long periods of time. Even if you’re working, take short 5-minute breaks to move around and work your legs.
  • Compression Stockings: Wear custom-fitted compression stockings that apply pressure on your blood vessels and facilitate blood flow.

The aforementioned tips can only lower your risk of vein disease, not eliminate the possibility completely. As such, if you notice any of the initial signs and symptoms of venous insufficiency — heavy legs, cramps, restless legs, spider veins, etc — then please consult your nearest reputable vein treatment clinic. A good board-certified vein doctor will study your symptoms and run a duplex ultrasound test to diagnose the vein disease, following which they’ll treat it using minimally invasive procedures that cause minimal pain or discomfort.

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Dr. Namrata Khimani

Venous specialist | TRIPLE CERTIFIED
Dr. Khimani is a nationally recognized leader in the field of venous medicine. She is an expert in Spider Vein and Varicose Vein Treatment based in New York City. While Dr. Khimani treats a variety of patients experiencing varicose vein problems, she also sub-specializes in the treatment of vein disease in women, including those with pregnancy and post-pregnancy related spider and varicose veins.

If you have varicose veins and spider veins, suffer from leg cramps, leg swelling, or restless leg syndrome, come see Dr. Khimani at our Vein Treatment Center NYC. Most procedures are covered by major medical insurances, including Medicare. Call us and get verified today.

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Dr. Michael Nguyen

VENOUS SPECIALIST | TRIPLE CERTIFIED
Dr. Michael Nguyen is a world renowned and Harvard trained vein specialist in Manhattan. He leads the team of vein doctors offering the highest level of care at the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Center in New York & New Jersey.

As a pioneer in the treatment of varicose veins problems, Dr. Nguyen is considered a top vein expert for developing minimally invasive and customized treatment plans for the many symptoms of venous insufficiency, including leg cramps, skin discoloration on legs, spider vein removal, and restless leg syndrome.

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Dr. Caroline Novak

Venous Specialist | Double Certified
Dr. Caroline Novak is a double Board Certified vein specialist in Paramus and Clifton, NJ. Dr. Novak is well known for continuously performing the best treatment for spider veins and varicose vein removal in the New Jersey area. She is committed to developing long lasting relationships with her patients, allowing her to personalize a varicose and spider veins treatment plan that successfully meets her patients' goals.

At her Clifton and Paramus vein clinic, Dr. Novak utilizes the latest and most advanced technology to restore patients back to health without unnecessary surgery, and with minimal to no downtime.

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Dr. Simon Smith

VENOUS SPECIALIST | DIPLOMAT-CERTIFIED
Dr. Simon Smith is a Board Certified Cardiovascular and Vein Disease Specialist currently serving patients at the Vein Treatment Clinic in Clifton and Wayne, New Jersey.

Dr. Smith is sought after because of his unparalleled skills in RF Ablation, sclerotherapy, and the treatment of skin discoloration on legs. By utilizing advanced vein treatment techniques, Dr. Simon is able to customize a plan specific to each patient, helping them avoid complicated surgeries and unnecessary downtime. With Dr. Simon minimally invasive procedures, patients are able to return to normal activities right after.

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Dr. Faisal Siddiqi

VENOUS SPECIALIST | DOUBLE CERTIFIED
Dr. Faisal Siddiqi oversees all Vein Treatment Centers in New Jersey – ensuring that each patient receives the highest level of care possible for their vein disease. Having received training from Yale Medical School, Dr. Siddiqi proudly offers the latest technology available for spider and varicose vein treatments at his office in Wayne, NJ and Clifton, NJ.

Dr. Siddiqi's work with minimally invasive techniques was recognized by his peers in Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors for 2017 and he was also voted as one of the Top Vein Doctors in New Jersey.

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Dr. Juan Montoya

VASCULAR SPECIALIST | NYC VEIN SPECIALIST
Dr. Montoya is a Vein Specialist and Vascular doctor in New York. He is highly sought after for his expertise and excellent outcomes in cardiac surgery, and is now proud to serve the Vein Clinics in Manhattan, NY.

Dr. Montoya performs the latest minimally-invasive vein treatments to treat Chronic Venous Insufficiency; a condition that leads to spider veins and varicose veins, along with symptoms such as leg cramping, pain, and fatigue.

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Dr. Carly Guthrie

VENOUS SPECIALIST | DOUBLE CERTIFIED
Dr. Carly Guthrie is the co-director of the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Clinic in San Diego. Dr. Guthrie is a double Board-Certified vein specialist, and is regarded as one of the top interventional ultrasonographers in the country. In her years of training and on staff at Harvard, she worked with the top venous specialists in the world, attending some of the most complex cases. Her areas of expertise include radiofrequency ablation using ultrasound guidance, sclerotherapy, phlebectomy, and the newly approved VenaSeal technique for treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins.

Dr. Guthrie is focused on bringing the newest and most-advanced treatments to Southern California in order to decrease recovery times and improve patient satisfaction.

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Dr. Billy Schoenfeld

VENOUS SPECIALIST | DOUBLE CERTIFIED
Dr. Schoenfeld has advanced training in ultrasound and venous access, having treated thousands of patients in his career. He is a specialist in the treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins, including ultrasound guided radiofrequency ablation, sclerotherapy, and phlebectomy.

Dr. Schoenfeld is focused on introducing new therapies to San Diego, such as the recently FDA-approved VenaSeal procedure for treatment of varicose veins. During his training at Harvard he worked with the best doctors in venous medicine and is now devoted to bringing those state-of-the-art technologies and treatments to Southern California.

Meet our diplomat-certified team

Dr. Calvin Jung

VEIN SPECIALIST | DOUBLE CERTIFIED
Dr. Calvin Jung is a double Board Certified Venous Specialist, serving as director and clinical trainer for
the Vein Treatment Centers in Houston, Texas. Dr. Jung specializes in minimally invasive techniques for spider veins and varicose vein removal, completely avoiding the need for surgical procedures or any unnecessary downtime. Dr. Jung's focus is on restoring patients back to health so that they can enjoy the activities they love most.

Vein treatments at our Texas spider vein clinic are often covered by major medical insurances, including Medicare. Call us today to verify yours!

Namrata
Khimani MD

Triple Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Namrata Khimani is a nationally recognized leader in the field of venous medicine. She is an expert in Spider Vein and Varicose Vein Treatment based in New York City. If you have varicose veins or lower extremity pain, come see Dr. Khimani at our Vein Treatment Center New York.
Read more >>

Michael
Nguyen MD

Triple Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Michael Nguyen is a world renowned and Harvard trained vein specialist, leading the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Center in New York. Dr. Nguyen has been a pioneer in the treatment of varicose veins problems, as well as the many signs of venous insufficiency, including: leg cramps, painful varicose veins, leg swelling, restless leg, and skin discoloration on legs.
Read more >>

Caroline
Novak MD

Double Certified
Northwestern University
Dr. Caroline Novak is a double Certified spider vein specialist in Paramus & Clifton NJ. She is well known for performing the best treatment for spider veins and varicose vein removal in the New Jersey area.
Read more >>

Simon
Smith MD

DIPLOMAT- CERTIFIED
DREXEL COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
Dr. Simon Smith is the best varicose vein doctor in Wayne, NJ. He is sought after because of his unparalleled skills in RF Ablation, sclerotherapy, and the treatment of skin discoloration on legs.
Read more >>

Faisal
Siddiqi MD

DOUBLE CERTIFIED
YALE MEDICAL SCHOOL
Dr. Faisal Siddiqi is the medical director for the Spider & Varicose Vein Treatment Center in New Jersey. Because of his level of expertise in the treatment of spider veins and varicose veins, Dr. Siddiqi is part of the select group of NJ Top Doctors, and he sees patients regularly at the Vein Treatment Center in Wayne and Clifton NJ.
Read more >>

Juan
Montoya MD

NYC VEIN SPECIALIST
YALE MEDICAL SCHOOL
Dr. Montoya is a Vein Specialist and Vascular doctor in Manhattan. He is considered one of the best spider vein doctors in Manhattan, having successfully restored thousands of patients back to health, by implementing cutting edge treatments such as radiofrequency ablation, VenaSeal, and sclerotherapy for spider veins.
Read more >>

Carly
Guthrie MD

Double Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Guthrie is the co-director of the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Clinic in San Diego. She is recognized as one of the best varicose vein doctors in SD, and has developed a career specializing in minimally invasive varicose vein treatment options.
Read more >>

Billy
Schoenfeld MD

Double Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Schoenfeld is a specialist in the treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins, including ultrasound guided radiofrequency ablation, sclerotherapy, and phlebectomy for spider vein removal. He also has advanced training in ultrasound and venous access, having treated thousands of patients at the Vein Treatment Center in San Diego, CA.
Read more >>

Calvin
Jung MD

DOUBE CERTIFIED
NYU MEDICAL SCHOOL
Dr Calvin Jung is the director and clinical trainer for the Vein Clinics of Houston, Texas. Dr. Jung specializes in minimally invasive treatments for spider vein and varicose vein removal. Most vein treatments are covered by major medical insurances, including Medicare.
Read more >>
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