How can venous insufficiency and arterial insufficiency be differentiated?

Updated: Oct 22, 2018
  • Author: Robert Weiss, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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In many ways, the behavior of the pain caused by venous insufficiency is the opposite of that of the pain caused by arterial insufficiency. The pain of arterial insufficiency usually is worse with walking and worse when the legs are elevated. Cold tends to aggravate the symptoms of arterial insufficiency, whereas warmth tends to relieve them. Compression stockings usually aggravate the pain of arterial insufficiency.


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