Varicose Veins: Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Chronic Venous Insufficiency

Varicose Veins: Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Chronic Venous Insufficiency

On-Demand Webcast

Robert Min, MD
Associate Attendng and Acting Radiologist-in-Chief
New York Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell
New York,  New York

Steven Zimmet, MD
Zimmet Vein & Dermatology Clinic
Austin, Texas

Steve Elias, MD
Director, Center for Vein Disease
Englewood Hospital & Medical Center
Englewood, New Jersey

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify relevant anatomy
  • Describe the cause and consequences of chronic venous insufficiency (CVI)
  • Describe risk factors for and symptoms of CVI
  • Describe available treatments for CVI
Intended Learners

This activity is designed for physicians and nurses who treat patients with varicose veins.

Activity Overview

This on-demand webcast is available with synchronized slides and animation.

To be eligible for documentation of credit, participants must complete the educational activity, complete the 10-question post-test with a score of 70% or better, and complete the evaluation form. After successful completion of the post-test and evaluation form online at, participants may immediately print their documentation of credit.

Original Release Date: August 13, 2007
Date of Last Review: November 14, 2019
Expiration Date: November 15, 2021
Estimated time to complete: 1.5 hours

There is no fee associated with this activity.

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Independent Clinical Reviewer: Robert S. Dieter, MD, RVT, Loyola University Medical Center, Vascular and Endovascular Medicine, Interventional Cardiology, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Section of Cardiovascular Medicine, Maywood, Illinois

Clinical Reviewer: Brian J. Schiro, MD, Interventional Radiologist, Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute, Miami, Florida

Planning Committee

The planning committee comprises Robert Min, MD, Steven Zimmett, MD, Steve Elias, MD and Robert Dieter MD; Lauren DeFillipo, Carolyn Drake, Trish Levy and Alex Slonim, NACCME.

Financial Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest

According to the disclosure policy of NACCME, faculty, editors, managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control content are required to disclose any relevant financial relationships with relevant commercial companies related to this activity. All relevant conflicts of interest that are identified are reviewed for potential conflicts of interest. If a conflict is identified, it is the responsibility of NACCME to initiate a mechanism to resolve the conflict(s). The existence of these interests or relationships is not viewed as implying bias or decreasing the value of the presentation.

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The faculty has reported the following:

Dr. Dieter has nothing to disclose

Dr. Elias has disclosed that he is a consultant for Diomed, Inc.

Dr. Min has disclosed that he is a consultant and has other financial relationships with Diomed Inc.

Dr. Schiro has disclosed that he receives grant/research support from Medtronic, Inc and serves on the speakers bureau for Metronic, Penumbra, Philips Medical, Sirtex

Dr. Zimmet has disclosed that he is a consultant and has received support from Diomed, Inc.

Ms. DeFillipo, Ms. Drake, Ms. Levy, and Mr. Slonim have disclosed no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests.

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Grant Support

Supported by an educational grant from AngioDynamics, Inc.