Venous insufficiency

Venous insufficiency: a worldwide public health problem

In a recent report from the Vein Consult Program (VCP), a large cohort of over 90000 consecutive outpatients from 20 countries who were consulting their general practitioner for any reason were screened for vein insufficiency. Of these, 19.7% had typical leg symptoms without signs and were assigned to CEAP class C0s, and a further 21.7% were assigned to class C1.

What is venous health?

Just as we possess a sun stock at birth, we possess a venous potential. Venous health represents the quality of the structures of the whole venous network. The veins in the lower limbs are vessels of various sizes which will make the blood go back up towards the heart thanks to valves which work as anti-return lids. When veins have a good quality structure, these valves prevent the blood from coming down again in standing position. 

The venous potential changes from individual to individual and deteriorates naturally with age under the influence of various aggravating factors :

  • hormones
  • sedentary lifestyle
  • obesity
  • heating
  • working in a prolonged standing position
  • but the venous potential depends also strongly on family history.

 

What are the symptoms of a deterioration of the venous health?

Some types of venous insufficiency have no symptoms whatsoever. However, there are usually a wide variety of symptoms including:

Leg pain.
Heavy legs.
Swollen legs.

These symptoms are most commonly felt in the calves and tend to increase as the day goes on and during hot weather.

Daflon. Micronized purified flavonoid fraction

Daflon is a drug recommended in the treatment of the symptoms of chronic venous disease (feeling of heavy legs, pain, restless legs) and in the treatment of hemorrhoidal disease.

Ask your pharmacist for advice. Read the instructions attentively. If the symptoms persist, consult your doctor.