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About Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI)

  • More than 190 million people have CVI or varicose veins globally.
  • More than 30 million Americans suffer from varicose veins, or the more serious form of venous disease called chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), yet the majority remain undiagnosed and untreated.
  • If left untreated, varicose veins can progress to CVI5, which can cause pain, swelling and fatigue of the legs, as well as skin damage and ulcers, in more severe cases.
  • It is time for individuals to think differently about varicose veins and their complications and understand that they may not just be a cosmetic issue, but a health concern worthy of medical diagnosis and treatment.
  • Many people misunderstand the causes, risks and treatments for varicose veins.
  • With varicose veins and CVI, the valves that push blood from the legs back to the heart no longer function, causing blood to pool in the legs. ? There are a number of factors that contribute to these conditions, including pregnancy, prolonged sitting or standing, excess weight, lack of exercise, age (50+) and family history.
  • Women are two times more likely than men to develop varicose veins, primarily due to pregnancy
  • Many people are unaware of the ClosureFastTM procedure; the only FDA cleared minimally invasive treatment that uses radiofrequency ablation (uniform heat) for the treatment of CVI to seal off the problem vein, so blood gets re-routed to healthy veins.
  • Covered by most insurance plans (patients should contact their insurance provider prior to receiving treatment to confirm that the ClosureFastTM procedure is covered), the ClosureFastTM procedure allows for a short, comfortable recovery and a quick return to everyday activities while also eliminating varicose veins and improving the appearance of the legs.
  • Studies show that the ClosureFastTM procedure is associated with lower rates of pain, bruising and complications when compared to 980 nm laser.
  • Data published in the British Journal of Surgery found that CVI patients treated with the ClosureFastTM procedure demonstrated high closure rates and reduction in patient pain scores at five years.
  • The ClosureFastTM procedure allows for a short, comfortable recovery and a quick return to everyday activities.
  • Medtronic ClosureFastTM catheters are backed by five years of clinical data and are sold as a single-use device designed to be used only one time, on one patient.
  • Individual results may vary. As with all medical procedures, there is a chance that complications may occur, including, but not limited to the following: hematoma, vessel perforation, thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, phlebitis, infection, adjacent nerve injury, skin burn or discoloration.
  • Visit www.medtronic.com/endovenous to learn more about varicose veins, CVI, and the clinical and lifestyle related benefits associated with the treatment of CVI using the ClosureFastTM procedure. 

Prescott Cardiology Offers Two Procedures For CVI

  • ClosureFast procedure
    • The ClosureFast procedure is covered by most insurance companies.  It involves a little more recovery time.
  • VenaSeal Closure System procedure
    • The VenaSeal procedure isn't covered by insurance companies - it's cash-pay, but there's no pain and no down-time.