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Venous Ulcers

Rodolfo Farhy, MD, FACC, FAHA -  - Cardiologist

Heart and Vein Center

Rodolfo Farhy, MD, FACC, FAHA

Cardiologist & Vein Specialist located in Lathrup Village, MI

If you notice problems in your legs, like a change in the skin color, the beginning of an ulcer, or pain, schedule a vein evaluation with Dr. Rodolfo Farhy at the Heart and Vein Center. These symptoms are signs of venous insufficiency, which must be managed early to prevent venous ulcers. When venous ulcers go untreated, they may become progressively worse and difficult to heal. To schedule a vein assessment, call the doctor’s office in Lathrup Village, Michigan, or book an appointment online.

Venous Ulcers

varicose veins



  • A venous ulcer, or stasis ulcer, is a skin ulcer that develops on your leg due to underlying problems in leg veins. Venous ulcers are significant health concerns because they’re painful, very difficult to heal, and recur frequently. The most common cause of venous ulcers is a condition called chronic venous insufficiency.


  • Causes of venous ulcers may include trauma to the leg, history of blood clots, high blood pressure in legs, lack of exercise, obesity, smoking, and phlebitis.
  • Symptoms include burning, swelling, aching, cramping, leg heaviness and restless legs.


  • May include compression therapy, leg elevation, wound care, specialized dressings, antibiotics, medication to improve blood flow, and treating the underlying venous insufficiency.


Dr. Farhy identifies the underlying abnormal veins using ultrasound. Then he may recommend intervention in the form of an endovenous laser ablation, ambulatory phlebectomy, or ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy, depending on your diagnosis.




The quick, minimally-invasive procedure involves injecting a specially formulated solution directly into the unwanted veins, which ultimately causes them to collapse and fade away.

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Hypertension, or high blood pressure, means that the pressure of the blood on the blood vessels is higher than normal.


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Arrhythmias refer to any abnormal or irregular heartbeat. Some arrhythmias can cause fluttering or palpitations, chest pain, shortness of breath or lightheadedness.

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Coronary Artery Disease

Coronary artery disease is a narrowing of the coronary arteries, which supply blood, oxygen, and nutrients to your heart.


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Heart Failure

Heart failure means that the heart isn’t pumping blood as effectively as it should be.



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Varicose Veins

They’re abnormally enlarged and gnarled, often resembling ropes that twist up and down your leg. They typically develop in leg veins, because they must work against gravity to transport blood back to your heart. 

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Venous Ulcers

A venous ulcer, or stasis ulcer, is a skin ulcer that develops on your leg due to underlying problems in leg veins.


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Restless leg Syndrome

Restless leg syndrome is a medical condition that causes crawling sensations and the urge to move your legs.

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