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Chronic Venous Disease a lifelong health risk

31st July, 2018


KOTA KINABALU: High incidence and prevalence of Chronic Venous Disease (CVD) has a considerable impact on primary healthcare.

It can impact over four to six per cent of every population in the world.

Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Dr Charles Lee said varicose veins and CVD is a lifelong degenerative disease. “CVD is a lifelong disease and the incidence increases with age,” he said.

He stressed that medical advice for varicose veins is seldom requested and it is a major problem that many people did not realise.

“If it is left untreated, it can result with increasing health related risks such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolism (PE) and the worst part is death,” he said.

Charles added that DVT is an important health problem and can cause death from blood clots that obstruct flow to the lungs PE.

“Most of these health-related problems resulting from CVD and it only can be detected by a simple, cost-effective screening procedure by using ultrasound imaging and also clinical inspection of the lower legs,” he added.

According to him, physical activities such as cycling, walking and swimming are ways to improve circulation by preventing blood from pooling in the leg.

He also mentioned that based on the research, women have higher chances of suffering from the problem compared to men.

He said some of the risk factors are increasing age, increasing number of pregnancies and family history.

Apart from that, he also mentioned that the most common symptoms were heaviness and muscle cramps followed by tiredness, eczema, aching, burning, swelling and leg ulcers.

Since 2010, there are more than 110 leg veins treated with Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA).

“Fifty per cent from my patients are housewives and 50 per cent were from occupations that require them to stand or sit for long period and most patients were aged 50 to 60 with majority being women,” he told the media during a press conference for the Jom Scan Kaki – 5th Annual Public Awareness Campaign on Varicose Veins and Chronic Venous Disease, here yesterday.

The two-day campaign will be held on Aug 4 and 5 (Saturday and Sunday) from 10 am to 7 pm at Suria Sabah Shopping Mall to educate the public and to engage with healthcare professionals on the need to assess the health status of the veins in the lower leg. The public can get free ultrasound leg scan.

Apart from that, there will be health talks and poster exhibition. It is a program organised by Vein Malaysia together with co-organizers Medi Partners, Servier Malaysia, Biorehab, Regus and Zara Boutique.

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