How Serious is Chronic Venous Insufficiency? … Very Serious

. Jeffrey Alpern of Vein Specialists of Arizona specializes in treatment for Chronic Vein Insufficiency (CVI).

Chronic venous insufficiency or CVI is a medical condition where the veins cannot pump enough oxygen-poor blood back to the heart. It is sometimes referred to as an “impaired musculovenous pump”, this is due to damaged or “incompetent” valves as may occur after deep vein thrombosis (when the disease is called postthrombotic syndrome) or phlebitis. Dr. Jeffrey Alpern, D.O., Cardiovascular Surgeon, vein specialist and founder of Vein Specialists of Arizona says that ordinarily, women make up the largest demographic for this problem.

But, Dr. Alpern adds, men can be afflicted as well.


“I have seen paratroopers, utility pole linemen, and men with leg injuries who suffer from damaged leg vein valves and develop this condition as well,” Dr. Alpern explains.

Dr. Alpern also states that spider veins and varicose veins could be a symptom of Chronic Venous Insufficiency.

“If your legs look like the photo in this article and you’re suffering from aching leg pain, a sensation of heavy legs, swelling, restless legs at night, itchy skin on your legs and an intolerance to standing and walking, you most likely have a vein disorder called chronic venous insufficiency.” Dr. Alpern also says that if CVI is left untreated, it will progress to more spider veins and varicose vein development, thickened discolored skin, dermatitis, and put you at risk for blood clots and serious leg ulcers that fail to heal.

Dr. Jeffrey Alpern and his associates at Vein Specialists of Arizona are but a few of a handful of vein treatment centers nationwide offering state-of-the-art virtually painless laser ablation procedures in the office – procedures that are safe, effective, comfortable and allow you to resume usual activities in just a few days. Best of all, these procedures permanently eliminate your venous insufficiency and all of its related symptoms.
Begin your quest for healthy veins with a full vein exam available at VSA.

Vein Specialists of Arizona (VSA) is a state-of-the-art vein center that defines a new standard in care for the diagnosis and treatment of varicose veins, legs ulcers and chronic venous insufficiency. From vein treatments that correct existing underlying pathology to procedures that erase spider veins before the patient’s eyes, we think you will find VSA to be your best choice for venous issues. Your compassionate, effective, safe, affordable and convenient vein treatment at VSA begins with an ultrasound screening exam. Please visit website, or call 623-428-0068.

Dr. Jeffrey Alpern is a Cardiovascular Surgeon who was the first D.O. to perform a heart and heart/lung transplant in the world. Among his other impressive qualifications, Dr. Alpern trained at the world renowned Cleveland Clinic and was Surgical Director of Heart and Lung Transplantation at both Temple University and Hahnemann University Hospitals in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. He currently is Director and founding member of Desert Cardiovascular Surgeons in Phoenix, and of Vein Specialists of Arizona recently located in the West Valley. Dr. Jeffrey Alpern, D.O is one of a handful of surgeons worldwide to use fast, virtually painless, safe and effective laser ablation and radiofrequency (RF) techniques for the treatment of existing varicose veins, chronic venous insufficiency and venous leg ulcers.