Venous Insufficiency and Heart Health

Sufficient blood flow from your heart and body helps ensure you are alive and well. Venous insufficiency is a condition where the valves in your veins don’t work properly, so blood may flow backward and pool in the veins. When you have venous insufficiency, blood from your legs may not flow correctly. 

Venous insufficiency can develop into serious problems if untreated. Central Florida Vein and Vascular Center explains how venous insufficiency and heart disease are linked and the importance of treating the condition.

Does Venous Insufficiency Affect the Heart?

Veins and the heart work together to keep blood flowing healthily throughout the body. Venous insufficiency can not affect the heart, but it can cause pain, varicose veins, swelling, itching and more.

Some symptoms of venous insufficiency overlap with heart disease symptoms. Both venous disease and cardiovascular disease can have problems with leg swelling and vein issues. When your heart has trouble pumping effectively, the veins in your legs receive extra venous pressure, which causes swelling.

Those with congestive heart failure may also experience similar symptoms from venous insufficiency. Ankle and feet swelling can be a sign your veins are not adequately moving blood toward your heart. 

Some effects of venous insufficiency are developing varicose veins. When blood flow to the heart is obstructed and pools in the veins, varicose veins often appear bluish-purple or red. They can bulge underneath the skin and become painful. The appearance of varicose veins can indicate you may have venous insufficiency, so consulting a vein specialist is vital. 

Does Venous Insufficiency Shorten Your Life?

Venous insufficiency is a serious condition that requires treatment as soon as possible. If the condition is left untreated for too long, there is a chance of developing leg ulcers and bleeding. Though having venous insufficiency can alter your life, it usually doesn’t affect it so much that your life shortens. 

While venous insufficiency is not immediately life-threatening, there can be severe cases where the condition can evolve into deep vein thrombosis, which is life-threatening and can lead to death if untreated. The sooner you receive treatment for venous insufficiency, the sooner you can get back to living a life pain-free from pressure in your legs. 

Specialists can help you develop plans to increase and improve blood flow in the legs. For instance, they may recommend wearing compression socks or being more active. Making lifestyle changes will ultimately help prevent symptoms from occurring again and improve your health. Ensure you live a long life when you take proactive steps toward lifestyle changes to combat venous insufficiency.

Speak With a Vascular Doctor at Central Florida Vein and Vascular Center

You can trust the Central Florida Vein and Vascular Center specialists to treat your venous insufficiency, whether it results from heart disease or another condition. We ensure you receive the best care so you can live a healthy life. Contact us and speak to a representative to start the process for treatment.

Ocoee / Health Central

10000 W. Colonial Dr. #495
 Ocoee, FL 34761

(407) 293-5944 | Fax: (407) 293-7355
Hunters Creek / The Loop

1130 Cypress Glen Circle
 Kissimmee, FL 34741

(407) 293-5944 | Fax: (407) 293-7355
The Villages

13953 Northeast 86th Terrace, Suite 101
Lady Lake, FL 32159

(352) 561-2800 | Fax: (407) 293-7355