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Venous Reflux Studies

Venous reflux (or venous insufficiency) is due to the impaired return of blood from the veins in the legs and feet which can lead to varicose veins, swollen legs, skin breakdown or ulcers. In many cases, venous reflux is the result of dilation of the veins in the legs.

This dilation eventually prevents the valves in the veins from closing properly and results in venous reflux. As a result, blood pools in the legs and has trouble returning to the heart. This can lead to significant health problems and may disrupt a person’s ability to perform jobs where standing for long periods of time is required.

If you suspect you may have venous reflux, you should visit one of our physicians at the New Mexico Heart Institute. If venous insufficiency is a concern, you will undergo a venous reflux study which is a comprehensive ultrasound test of the venous blood flow in your legs.

This is a completely non-invasive study and takes about an hour to perform. If this imaging test confirms you have venous insufficiency, you may be referred to our vascular surgery team to discuss treatment options.

Before the procedure

  • No dietary restrictions are necessary.
  • Wear comfortable clothes. A hospital gown will be provided.

During the procedure

  • Lie down on a padded table with your head slightly elevated.
  • A medical technician will apply a gel on the area to be examined.
  • A medical technician presses a transducer (a device that emits sound waves) against your skin, moving it back and forth to capture clear image of your blood vessel and artery structures.
  • The procedure generally lasts 60-90 minutes.

After the procedure

  • The gel will be wiped off your skin.
  • You may go home and resume normal activities.
  • Your doctor will review your test results with you at a follow-up appointment.

This test can be ordered by any physician at the New Mexico Heart Institute and will be interpreted by one of the specially trained physicians in this area listed below.

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