Introduction and Objective

A publication in the New England Journal of Medicine (2006) confirms that CVD is an inflammatory disease and recent guidelines have collected data focusing on venous symptoms as the first warning of a progressive venous disease. The latter is chronic by definition and thus will continuously evolve over a life time, from early symptoms to complications. Among the many recommendations from these guidelines, early diagnosis of chronic venous disease is presented as the cornerstone of a good disease management.

It is worth pointing out that most people will not consult a physician at the onset of the disease, as it is widely believed that symptoms like pain or leg heaviness are a normal consequence of today’s ordinary lifestyle. Most often, consultations for leg problems only occur at a much later stage. It is most likely that an earlier diagnosis of the disease would lead to a much faster initiation of care and thus to a reduction in physical and psychological suffering, and also to a reduction in health care costs.

For this reason, it is important to have updated information on the prevalence of CVD and to have an improved description of this disease in accordance with the Clinical, Etiological, Anatomical, Pathophysiological (CEAP) classification. Data on patient management and outcomes from general practitioners and venous specialists in different geographic areas worldwide are also important to take into account. Furthermore, it is also important to have an improved understanding of the relationship between general practitioners and specialists in the management of this disease in routine clinical practice.

For that purpose, we set up an international program which aims to develop the detection of patients with CVD-related symptoms in daily practice under the aegis of the International Union of Phlebology (UIP).


is supported by an unrestricted grant from Servier research group
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