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Men & Varicose Veins

You may associate varicose veins with the female set, but if you do, you are ignoring a substantial percentage of the population that also suffers from these painful, bulging vessels. As many as 40 to 45 percent of men have venous disease, according to the Society of Interventional Radiology. Of that number, 10 to 15 percent may also sport visible varicose veins as a noticeable sign of their condition. If you are a man that thinks you are immune to this vein disorder, you might be denying yourself the chance to get a thorough assessment and treatment for what could become a debilitating condition over time.

Causes of Varicose Veins

The primary cause of varicose veins is an underlying vein disorder known as chronic venous insufficiency or CVI. This condition develops when veins in the lower leg weaken, allowing blood to pool inside of them. The reflux of blood leads to swelling of the vessel and the appearance of a varicose vein.

CVI occurs most frequently in the veins of the lower leg because these veins have to work harder against gravity and the body’s own weight to push blood back up to the heart. Small valves inside the vessels, designed to keep blood moving in a single direction, can wear out over time due to the strain placed on them. This is why varicose veins typically appear around the shin, calf and behind the knee.

Risk Factors You Need to Know

Some variables make you more likely to see a few varicose veins appear:

  • Genetics, which means if your parents have varicose veins, you have a higher risk as well
  • Age, since most varicose veins form after the age of 50 in both men and women
  • A sedentary lifestyle or weight gain that places more strain on lower leg veins
  • Extended periods of standing or sitting, which also stress those hard-working vessels
  • Smoking increases your chances of varicose veins and other health conditions

If you have one or more of these risk factors, it is a good idea to see a vein specialist for an assessment of your current vein health. If varicose veins have already developed, an assessment will also determine the underlying cause of the bulging veins so that appropriate treatment may be recommended.

The Problem with Varicose Veins in Men

While both genders might see varicose veins form, the condition tends to be more problematic in men. The severity can usually be attributed to the fact that male patients are slower to seek treatment for varicose veins than women. Unfortunately, this leaves them vulnerable to complications associated with this disorder, such as pain, swelling and skin changes. In advanced cases, CVI and varicose veins can lead to the formation of open sores on the lower leg known as venous ulcers. These skin ulcerations can grow quite large and painful, impacting a person’s ability to function and their quality of life overall.

The Good News

Men that have noticed varicose veins form but have been reluctant to pursue treatment will be happy to discover procedures to eliminate varicose veins today are less invasive and more effective than ever before. At the Vein Care Center, Dr. Aggarwal offers state-of-the-art treatments designed to eradicate swollen vessels with minimal discomfort and downtime. Some of the choices we provide include laser therapy, injectable procedures and a minimally-invasive method that removes massive, bulging vessels from the leg in small sections.

Don’t suffer from varicose veins because you are under the mistaken impression this condition is not common for men. Contact the Vein Care Center at 419-227-4472 or 866-472-4472 today. We will assure you that you are not alone and offer you the best treatment options to eliminate those vessels and their uncomfortable symptoms.

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