If you think varicose veins are exclusively a women’s problem, think again. While it’s true that women are more likely to get varicose veins than men, this doesn’t mean men do not suffer from the troublesome veins. Varicose veins affect approximately 25% of women and 15% of men.
Men with varicose veins may be hesitant to seek treatment because they think of it as primarily a cosmetic issue, but the discolored or bulging appearance of the veins isn’t the only concern. These knotted veins can lead to skin ulcers, bleeding, skin rashes, a heavy feeling in the legs and ongoing throbbing that can disturb everyday activities, according to Men’s Health. These problem veins may even indicate a more serious venous condition.
The older you get, the greater your risk of varicose veins, according to Mayo Clinic. As you age, the valves in your veins that prevent blood from moving backwards can wear out, allowing blood to collect where it doesn’t belong. This is the cause of varicose veins.
Family history and obesity also play a role in a man’s likelihood of getting varicose veins. If your parents had varicose veins, you are more likely to have them yourself. Being overweight or obese can place added pressure on your veins.
Last but not least, men whose jobs require them to stand or sit for long periods of time are also at greater risk of varicose veins. Maintaining the same position for too long day in and day out is never good for blood flow.
The good news is minimally invasive options are now available for the treatment of varicose veins, including endovenous laser treatment and microphlebectomy. Not only do these treatment options not require a hospital stay, but they keep postoperative pain to a minimum and can provide almost immediate relief from varicose vein symptoms.
Do you have varicose or spider veins? Trust the experts at Via Vascular. Our doctors offer minimally invasive varicose vein treatment and spider vein treatment. Schedule an appointment today to find out if you are a candidate for treatment by calling Via Vascular at (206) 525-8346.
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