Vascular Conditions

Venous Insufficiency / DVT

Arteries deliver blood from your heart to the rest of your body. Veins carry blood back to your heart, and their valves stop the blood from flowing in reverse. When veins have difficulty sending blood from your extremities back to your heart, this is what’s called venous insufficiency. Because blood doesn’t flow properly, it pools in the veins in your legs.

Chronic Venous Insufficiency

If you have CVI, valves in your veins (usually in the leg or sometimes the arms) don’t work, causing blood to pool in your legs and putting increased pressure on the walls of the veins. May be due to valve dysfunction (usually hereditary) or due to valve destruction after a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or…

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Deep Vein Thrombosis

Occurs when your blood thickens in a clump that becomes solid, forming a clot. Nearly 300,000 first-time cases of DVT occur in the U.S. every year, usually in the leg. Requires prompt attention If you develop a clot and a piece of it breaks off, it could travel to one of your lungs and make…

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Iliac Vein Compression Syndrome

Also known as May-Thurner syndrome (MTS), Vein Compression Syndrome occurs when the left iliac vein is compressed by the right iliac artery. This increases the chances of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in the left extremity, which is a blood clot that may partially or completely block the flow of blood through the vein.

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Lymphedema is an accumulation of lymph fluid in the soft tissues, most frequently in the arms or legs. Lymph fluid, rich in protein, is normally filtered by the lymph nodes and is then released into the bloodstream. When the nodes are obstructed, their filtering capacity is overwhelmed and lymph fluid collects and causes swelling. Usually…

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Pelvic Congestion Syndrome

A common problem in the United States, chronic pelvic pain accounts for 10 to 15 percent of referrals to pain clinics and gynecologists. For some women, this pain stems from a condition known as pelvic congestion syndrome, or PCS, which unfortunately often goes undiagnosed.

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Pulmonary Embolism

Sudden blockage of a major artery in your lung. Usually due to a blood clot that develops in another part of your body, breaks off and travels in the bloodstream into the lung where it blocks the pumping of your heart and prevents it from taking in oxygen. The third most common cardiovascular disease after…

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Varicose Veins

Large bulging veins in the legs that can cause many different types of symptoms. Varicose veins can occur in almost anyone and affect up to 35% of people in the United States. You may inherit a tendency to develop varicose veins from a parent. Women who have had multiple children, and obese persons are at…

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