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Varicose Veins

Author: Noah H. Carpenter, MD

CE: 2.5 hours Pharmacology: 0.5 hour
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Course Summary

Varicose veins are a manifestation of chronic venous insufficiency. They are common in adults and they occur because of high venous pressure in the lower extremities. Varicose veins may be accompanied by or progress to more serious conditions such as edema, deep vein thrombosis, skin changes and ulcers in the lower extremities. There are various types of treatments for varicose veins that may begin with more conservative approaches such as the use of compression stockings, diet, leg elevation and other lifestyle changes. When indicated, varicose veins may be treated using outpatient procedures that include sclerotherapy, ablation or phlebectomy.

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Course Syllabus

I.    Introduction

II.    Varicose Veins and Their Prevalence

III.    Pathophysiology of Varicose Veins

1. Venous Blood Flow and Pressure
2. Venous Hypertension
3. Primary and Secondary Varicose Veins
4. CEAP Classification System

IV.    Risk Factors

1. Prolonged Standing
2. Pregnancy
3. Advanced Age
4. Genetics
5. Dietary Fiber Deficiency and Obesity
6. Other Potential Risk Factors

V.    Diagnosis

VI.    Differential Diagnosis

VII.    Varicose Vein Treatment

1. Compression Stockings, Diet and Lifestyle Changes
2. Pharmacological Interventions
3. Endovascular/Open Surgery Interventions
4. Ablation
5. Phlebectomy, Ligation and Stripping
6. A Greater Focus on the Patient

VIII.         Case Study: Varicose Veins

IX.    Summary


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