What is Vessel Insufficiency?
Vessel insufficiency (VI) is a condition that occurs when the vessel of the legs are not working properly and have difficulty sending blood back to the heart. Chronic vessel insufficiency (CVI) is another name for the condition, due to its long-term nature. VI/CVI can cause what is known as “vessel stasis,” a condition where the blood collects or pools in the vessel.
Blood vessels in the legs are often misunderstood. Although vessel disease can lead to varicosities and cosmetic concerns, they are more commonly a reason for back pain, hip pain, knee pain, leg pain, heaviness, cramps, restless legs, and other symptoms. When left untreated, they can progress into a more serious condition called chronic insufficiency.
What is Vessel Disease?
Healthy leg vessels have valves that keep blood flowing to the heart. Vessel disease develops when the valves stop working properly and allow blood to flow backward (i.e., reflux) and pool in the lower leg vessels.