Venous Reflux

What is Venous Reflux

In normal functioning veins, tiny one-way valves open as blood flows toward the heart and clost to prevent blood from flowing backwards. When these valves malfunction, blood pools in the veins. The increased pressure can cause additional vales to fail over time, resulting in a buildup of pressure that weakens the valves’ walls and causes them to bulge. This is Venous Reflux (VR).

Healthy Veins

Venous Reflux

Hidden Symptoms of Venous Reflux

• Pain (Cramping or Aching) • Throbbing • Heaviness • Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) • Swelling • Itching • Fatigue • Numbness • Burning • Tingling Sensations

*Symptoms may suggest a blood clot but often times are the result of VR.

Skin Symptoms

• Swollen ankles • Discoloration • Itchy, red skin with dots or rash (Venous Stasis Dermatitis) • Darkened skin that is tight, smooth, and painful (Lipodermatosclerosis) • Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome (KTS) • Ankle sores/ulcers (Venous Leg Ulcers) • Pain (Cramping or Aching) • Throbbing

Causes

Hereditary Key Factor

It is estimated that approximately 80% of all Venous Reflux is due to patient heredity. Many factors contribute to the development of this condition; however, heredity is the single most identifiable factor leading to Venous Reflux. Unfortunately, Venous Reflux is one of the most under diagnosed ailments despite the recent development of effective outpatient treatment options.  Therefore, many patients are unaware if family members have Venous Reflux.

Does one of your parents have Venous Reflux? If so, studies have shown that patients have a 50% likelihood of developing the same condition.

Do both of your parents have Venous Reflux? If so, studies have shown that patients have a 90% likelihood of developing the same condition.

Other Key Factors

¥ Predominately (80%) standing or sitting profession
¥ Aging
¥ Hormonal changes
¥ Excessive body weight
¥ Multiple Pregnancies
¥ Gender