The primary function of the veins is to return blood flow to the heart. Because venous blood flow travels against the force of gravity, the flow of blood is facilitated back to the heart by the calf muscles pushing against the vein walls and vein valves.
Venous disease is a common problem in the United States and it ranges from a mild cosmetic condition to significant disability and life-threatening problems. Most often, venous disease can be prevented through awareness and preventative measures.
Venous disease is either acute or chronic in nature.
- Acute venous disease includes a blood clot, also known as a deep vein thrombosis (DVT), and pulmonary embolus, when a blood clot travels to the lungs.
- Chronic venous disease includes varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency leading to venous ulcers.
Ongoing clinical research trials at the Center for Vascular Disease are investigating new treatment options for venous disease to ensure that our patients continue to receive the most innovative care in the country. For more information regarding these clinical trials, please view the Clinical Trials Unit of Northwestern, send an e-mail or call 312-926-4000.
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For more information regarding venous disease and the treatments available, please contact the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at 1-866-662-8467. To schedule an appointment, please call 312-695-4965 or request a first time appointment online.