If left untreated, varicose veins can progress to a more serious form of vein (venous) disease called chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), with signs and symptoms that worsen over time. That’s why the Society for Vascular Surgery®, American Venous Forum and American College of Phlebology have teamed up to encourage those with varicose veins to talk to a vein specialist.


Facts about varicose veins and CVI

  • More than 30 million Americans suffer from venous disease, including varicose veins and CVI
  • Only 1.9 million of those seek treatment annuallyiii, while the vast majority remain undiagnosed and untreated
  • More people lose work time over vein disorders than from artery diseaseiv
  • Varicose veins are the most recognizable form of venous disease; when the condition progresses to CVI, signs and symptoms can include pain, swelling, restlessness and fatigue of the legs, skin damage and ulcers
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