Q: WHAT IS CHRONIC VE­NOUS DIS­EASE, AND WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMP­TOMS PEO­PLE SHOULD LOOK FOR?

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DR. CHAN: Chronic ve­nous dis­ease is a pro­gres­sive in­flam­ma­tory con­di­tion of the legs, which causes vein walls and/or valves to be­come in­flamed and stop work­ing ef­fec­tively. Signs and symp­toms in­clude: • lo­cal­ized swelling or in­flam­ma­tion (some­times re­ferred to as edema) • varicose veins and spi­der veins • pain in the legs • a sen­sa­tion of heav­i­ness or swelling • func­tional dis­com­fort in ac­tiv­i­ties such as walk­ing

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