The myth that only women develop varicose veins has long been busted. Varicose veins may be more common in women, but men can have them too. In fact, about 56 percent of men develop these enlarged veins in the lower extremities
Although they’re not life threatening, varicose veins can are more than just a cosmetic problem for some. If left untreated they can lead to discoloration, skin ulcers, bleeding, and a heavy or throbbing sensation in the legs.
Why Men Develop Varicose Veins
Family history has a role to play in the development of varicose veins. One study shows that people with certain genetic variation have weaker veins and because of this, are twice more likely to develop varicose veins.
Aside from genetics, lifestyle and age may also play a role in the occurrence of varicose veins. Those who have a sedentary lifestyle or whose jobs require prolonged sitting or standing are at risk as these can cause the blood to start pooling. Age may also play a role. As we age, we lose some of the tissues and muscles that protect the veins.
Unmanaged Varicose Veins
Unfortunately, many men with varicose veins don’t seek treatment, thinking that varicose veins are no big deal. Varicose veins may not generally be considered a serious condition, but they can lead to serious complications like ulcer formation, blood clots, bleeding, and skin breakdown.
Treating Varicose Veins
With the advancements in technology, varicose veins are more treatable that ever before. Most treatment options available for varicose veins can be done in less than an hour and typically require minimal downtime.
Premier Vein Clinics in Knoxville’s vascular surgeons have years of experience assessing and treating varicose veins. So, guys – if you’re tired of living with varicose veins, know that you don’t have to live with the pain and appearance of varicose veins. Call (865) 588-8229 or go online to schedule your free screening today.