Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI)
When veins in the legs are not working properly and lose the ability to pump blood effectively, the condition is known as Chronic Venous insufficiency (CVI). CVI causes blood to “pool” or collect in the veins and these veins don’t return blood back toward the heart, the way they should. This condition causes Venous Insufficiency, Venous Stasis Ulcers, Varicose Veins and Cellulitis, a serious bacterial skin infection. Chronic Venous Insufficiency is a complication of certain cardiac conditions and peripheral artery disease, as well as diabetes.
Symptoms Of CVI
- Swelling of the legs and ankles
- Skin turns dark red/purple/brown (looks like bruise) over area of leg where blood is leaking from inside vein
- Hyper-pigmentation; leathery looking skin
- New bulging veins (varicose) flaking; itching
- Venous Stasis Ulcers
Symptoms Of Venous Stasis Ulcers
- Small to medium red marks; Difficult to heal
- Skin becomes thick, dry and itchy
- Ulcers/open wounds begin to form, emitting fluid/blood
Two other types of ulcers occurring on foot/leg area are Peripheral Artery Disease Ulcers and Diabetic Neuropathic Ulcers; we provide compression pumps to treat these conditions also.
Tenderness; Redness that spreads; Swelling, Skin feels Warm; Fever; Chills; Often appears near newly opened skin-such as new cut, ulcers or wound.
The above conditions are difficult to heal, potentially very serious and can lead to many serious health problems, if not treated. An estimated 40 percent of people in the United States have CVI. If patient’s current treatment, which includes elevation of legs, exercise and compression stockings, are no longer effective or, are not an option, there is another remedy.
Our Pneumatic Compression Pump with sequential, gradient pressure, helps eliminate stagnant fluid from leg/foot area, which reduces swelling and pain and promotes circulation. Decreasing swelling and stimulating circulation are the cornerstones of healing the conditions described above.