Many people know someone who has uncomfortable, unattractive varicose veins. Most associate the condition with elderly adults or women. But while those individuals can suffer from varicose veins, they certainly aren’t the only population to experience this medical issue.One-fourth of those with varicose veins are men, according to the National Institutes of Health. But what is the cause of varicose veins in men? Genetics, lifestyle, or other factors? Not only can men suffer from varicose veins, but younger men can experience them too.
The short answer is, many of the same factors that contribute to varicose veins in women. Many things can cause varicose veins to develop, and sometimes those factors are out of our control, like genetics. If your family members have weaker veins, you’re predisposed to dealing with vascular problems too. Here are a few ways men can be at risk for varicose veins.
Standing causes blood to collect lower in your body—think of gravity. Your veins enlarge to accommodate this influx of blood, but over time, veins lose their “fitness” and are less likely to bounce back to their normal size. Similarly, long periods of sitting can be unhealthy too.
When veins are already working hard to distribute blood throughout the body, added weight can increase pressure on the vascular system, making it more difficult for veins to function properly.
Workouts increase both vein strength and circulation. A consistent experience plan benefits the vascular system, particularly when it works out the legs and calves—where blood moves up through the body to the heart.
Practicing these 3 tips can help your veins stay healthier and you feel better.
If you’re stuck in traffic or a meeting where you can’t get up and walk around, move your legs as much as possible to get the blood flowing again. Make movement your mantra, whether waiting in line for a movie or while filling out a weekly report at work.
Exercise plays a part in helping blood circulate and veins efficiently distribute it. Ensure you’re working your calves, and getting in overall cardiovascular workouts that benefit your whole body.
If your veins are causing you pain, their appearance has changed, or you experience any other symptoms, see a vascular health physician who can diagnose varicose veins and discuss treatments with you.
Via Vascular has provided comprehensive treatment for varicose veins since 2005. Our physicians are highly experienced in minimally invasive techniques utilizing endovenous laser treatment, microphlebectomy, and sclerotherapy. Our board certified and subspecialty trained radiologists are expert in the use of ultrasound guidance for vein treatment.
Our many years of experience have allowed our healthcare providers to fine-tune our procedures to ensure high-quality outcomes and optimize patient satisfaction. We offer these services in a comfortable and convenient setting at our Northgate clinic.