What is venous disease, and what are its symptoms?

Dr. Abdelhamed discusses venous disease and its symptoms. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Venous disease starts when the valves inside the veins that allow blood to flow only one way become damaged, according to National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon (NIH). The damaged valves cause the veins to stay filled with blood instead of working correctly to pump the blood back to the heart.

Symptoms of venous disease, according to the NIH, include:

  • Bleeding from damaged veins
  • Discolored skin
  • Foot swelling
  • Hard, thick skin on ankles
  • Heavy feeling in the legs
  • Itching
  • Large varicose veins
  • Leg cramps
  • Leg swelling
  • Lessened pain when sitting with legs up
  • Pain when standing
  • Redness on ankles
  • Skin damage from varicose veins
  • Slow healing sores
  • Tingling

For more information about venous disease and its symptoms, talk with your doctor.

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