Contrary to what many people believe, varicose veins can affect both men and women. Although there is only a slight difference in the prevalence rate of varicose veins between men and women (45 percent of men versus 55 percent of women), it’s usually women who are seen in vein clinics these days.
Women are more likely to seek treatment in the early stage of their venous condition while men usually wait until the disease progresses before they seek treatment. Unfortunately, this isn’t an effective approach. By the time they seek help, their venous problem may become more painful and difficult to treat.
What Causes Varicose Veins in Men?
The reasons men develop varicose veins are almost the same as they are with women. Inactivity, such as a sedentary lifestyle and those with jobs that require prolonged sitting or standing, can increase the risk of developing varicose veins. Men with a potentially faulty valve in their great saphenous vein and those with a family history of the condition are also at higher risk of developing varicose veins.
Complications of Untreated Varicose Veins
Many men living with varicose veins don’t seek treatment because they think that the pain isn’t related to venous condition. There are also those who don’t seek treatment out of a belief that men do not experience venous disease.
Varicose veins though can have the same effect on men as with women. They are not just a cosmetic problem. When left untreated, they can lead to ulcers that are painful and more difficult to treat.
If you’re a man and suspect that you have varicose veins, know that there are plenty of treatment options for you. Do not wait for the disease to progress before you visit a vein clinic.
At Premier Vein Clinics in Knoxville, our physicians can assess your condition and recommend the most appropriate treatment for your varicose veins. We have minimally-invasive procedures for restoring your vein health.
Want to find out which vein treatment is right for you?
Schedule your free vein screening online, or call 865-588-8229 today.