164955 - Common vascular problems: A GP approach
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To provide GPs with up to date information on the diagnosis and management of vascular disordersRelevance to General Practice
Varicose veins are a common reason for presentation to general practitioners. Clinically significant venous disease can cause symptoms such as aches and pains, cramps, restlessness and heaviness in the lower limbs. Swelling or skin damage secondary to chronic venous insufficiency occur in about 15% of the population and varicose ulcers develop in approximately 1% of the population. With increasing levels of obesity in the community, and an ageing population, venous disease is expected to place an increasing burden on the Australian healthcare system in the future.
Venous thromboembolism (VTE), comprising deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism (PE), is the third commonest vascular disorder in Caucasian populations. In Australia, DVT alone (without concomitant PE) affects 52 persons per 100 000 annually. Timely management of DVT is important as it is a common cause of morbidity.