Venous insufficiency is a condition in which the flow
of blood through the veins is impaired. It can be caused by a number of
disorders of the veins, particularly deep vein thrombosis (blood clot) or
varicose veins in the legs.
to local cardiologist, vein disorder expert and member of the CHRISTUS
St. Patrick Hospital Medical Staff, Dr. Carl Fastabend, ten to thirty-five
percent of adults have leg veins that do not work properly.
valves that act as one-way flaps. These valves prevent the blood from flowing
backwards as it moves up the legs,” says Dr. Fastabend. "If the one-way valves in the leg become
weak, blood can leak back into the vein and collect there, causing venous
such as swelling, skin discoloration, prominent varicose veins, skin ulcers and
aching, burning or throbbing sensations in the legs and feet may occur.
Frequent weakness and cramping in the legs may also be present. These problems may make it difficult to sit
or stand for a long period of time, making it a challenge to work at home or on
"Many risk factors can contribute to the
problem, such as age, family history, varicose veins, being overweight,
inactivity, previous injury to the legs and pregnancy,” Dr. Fastabend
many different treatment options available, depending on the condition that is
causing it. From compression stockings
to minimally invasive procedures, vein experts like Dr. Fastabend can help patients
battle the disorder and regain mobility and quality of life.
"If you are
experiencing symptoms or if you are concerned about your vein health, I
recommend having your legs examined by a vein expert to find out how well blood
is flowing,” says Dr. Fastabend. "Chances
are the problem will not go away on its own if you wait, and the earlier it is
diagnosed and treated, the better your chances of preventing serious
St. Patrick Hospital will be hosting a free vein screening on Saturday, March
8, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at the hospital, located at 524 Dr. Michael DeBakey
Drive in Lake Charles. Screening appointments
are limited and pre-registration is required.
To schedule an appointment, please call (337) 491-7577 or log on to www.christusstpatrick.org for more information.