More than 30 million Americans suffer from varicose veins and the more serious form of venus disease called Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI). Only 1.9 million, however, seek treatment each year. If the disease is left untreated, varicose veins can progress to become CVI. This medical condition is progressive and can worsen over time.
CVI affects the veins and vessels in the leg that carry oxygen-poor blood back toward the heart. Without treatment, some people with CVI may experience symptoms that can be debilitating and can significantly impact quality of life.
If you have untreated varicose veins, you are at risk for developing CVI. The symptoms can progress and become more serious. A simple duplex ultrasound test can measure the speed and blood flow through the leg vessels.