Dr. Taghizadeh will perform a cardiovascular examination and take a complete medical history to figure out if you have venous insufficiency. He will then order an imaging tests to identify the source of problem. These tests may include an arterial and venous duplex.
How Is Venous Insufficiency Diagnosed?
This test will be used to measure the size, speed and direction of blood flow in the veins. A technician will place gel on the skin and then press a small hand-held device (transducer) against the area. The transducer uses sound waves that bounce back to a computer and produce the images to assess the size, direction, and extent of potential reflux (blood flow reversal).
How venous insufficiency is treated
Treatment will depend on many factors, including the reason for the condition and patients, health status and history.
The most common treatment for venous insufficiency is prescription compression stockings. These special elastic stockings apply pressure at the ankle and lower leg. They help improve blood flow and can reduce leg swelling. Compression stockings come in a range of prescription strengths and different lengths. We will help you decide, the appropriate size and what is the best type of compression stocking for your treatment.
Treatment for venous insufficiency can include several different strategies:
Improving blood flow is the hallmark of treatment.
Here are some tips to improve your blood flow:
- Keep legs elevated whenever possible.
- Wear compression stockings to apply pressure to the lower legs.
- Keep legs uncrossed when seated.
- Exercise regularly.
- There are also a number of medications that may help patient with venous insufficiency.
- Diuretics : medications that draw extra fluid from your body that is then excreted through your kidney.
- Anticoagulation: medications that thin the blood in the event of fresh or chronic blood clot.
- Pentoxifylline (Trental): a medication that helps improve blood flow mainly in the management of arterial disease