Men and varicose veins
Despite our gender, within our bodies, tissue and muscles, we all function the same. Our circulatory systems work to pump blood throughout our entire bodies, from our heart, down to our toes and back up to be reoxygenated. Although vein disease in the legs is traditionally thought of as only affecting women, men also suffer from varicose and veins in the same way.
Vein disease affects a slightly higher percentage of women; approximately 45% of women will experience vein dysfunction compared to 35% of men. The truth is that a large amount of men suffer from varicose veins. Researchers have found that when you have a particular genetic variation you have almost twice the risk for developing varicose veins. Basically, if your parents and grandparents suffered from venous insufficiency, your chances of also developing this progressive disease is much higher.
Varicose veins are more than a cosmetic concern but the symptoms can be painful. These symptoms include leg pain, leg heaviness, muscle cramps, fatigue and swelling. Varicose veins appear as large swollen, bulging, purple and blue veins. Venous insufficiency will progress without seeking treatment. Compression stockings and lifestyle changes can improve your symptoms but will not eradicate the underlying cause. Without treatment, venous insufficiency can even lead to bleeding, skin ulcers, and chronic heavy and tired legs. You are also at risk of blood clots and testicular varicose veins. Men often don’t seek treatment for their varicose veins because they assume their symptoms are from other reasons or they may ignore their symptoms altogether. It is important for men to know that they can get relief from their leg pain by correctly identifying the source, which is often vein disease.
Tips to assist painful varicose vein symptoms
Your occupation may require you to spend long hours on your feet like when you work in the medical field or in a factory or sit all day at an office job. You may enjoy traveling and spend extended periods of time on airplanes or driving. These are some risk factors associated with varicose veins. Varicose veins can even be the result of previous leg trauma. Vein disease can affect men of all ages but the risk increases with age because of the loss of tissue tone and muscle mass, as well as a weakening of the venous walls.
What you can do to alleviate your symptoms:
Elevate your legs to promote healthy blood flow
Avoid prolonged sitting or standing
Exercise to keep your vein walls strong as you grow older
Get an educated medical opinion!
There are plenty of serious medical problems that don’t show obvious signs or symptoms until the damage is done. It is important to always see a doctor who specializes in veins when experiencing symptoms that could be related to vein disease. A vein specialist can examine your legs and, by the use of a Doppler Ultrasound, identify the specific veins that require treatment. They can then consult with you on the best way to proceed. If you have varicose veins, or a family history of varicose veins it is important to take precautions and seek out treatment before vein disease becomes a daily hindrance, since vein disease is progressive.
Dr. Sassan Kaveh has experience with Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI), varicose veins, spider veins, discoloration, ulcers and blood clots. Dr. Kaveh and his team can accurately diagnose your vein problem and can work with you and your insurance provider on a treatment plan. The vein treatments of today are minimally invasive, cause little discomfort and will have you back at work in as soon as 2 days. Call Alpha Vein Clinic in Las Vegas today at (702) 430-7661 and let our knowledgeable staff get you on your way to better leg vein health!
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