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Men and Veins

Women are more prone to varicose and spider veins because of hormonal changes including pregnancy. However, many of the 80 million Americans who suffer from vein issues are men. Symptoms usually include leg pain, itching, leg fatigue, swelling and heaviness. Many men who have varicose veins most commonly complain of itching and cramping in their legs.

Some of the major factors leading to varicose veins in men are heredity, age, occupations that require standing for long periods of time and trauma to legs. As men age, their risk for varicose veins increase because there is a loss of tissue tone, muscle mass and weakening of the venous walls.

Men can also develop spider veins. Once spider veins develop, there is no way for the body to cure them. Men who have spider veins often do not consider them to be a cosmetic problem because the veins are covered by hair growth on their legs. However, if a man is experiencing symptoms or wants to have spider veins treated, sclerotherapy is an effective treatment.

It is important that both men and women are aware of the risks associated with varicose veins and spider veins, so they can take steps to prevent them from developing and seek treatment if necessary.

To learn more, please visit www.renoveinclinic.com or call us at (775) 329-3100 or toll free (877) 842-7285.

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Men and Vein Health

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We often associate women as the primary sufferers of varicose veins, and while they do tend to occur with more frequency in women, men are not out of the woods here. In fact, around 56% of all men will suffer from varicose veins in their lifetime.

 

Now we know you when you think varicose veins, you automatically think:

 

  1. It’s a woman’s problem;
  2. You are going to have to invest in some compression hose;
  3. And lastly, that it’s not a big deal

 

Yes, varicose veins are a woman’s problem, however, they are yours too men! While they are often unsightly and mostly cause more cosmetic concern, you should be concerned about them in terms of your general overall health. Varicose veins can lead to discoloration at the site, bleeding, skin ulcers, and the “heavy leg” sensation that can hinder your daily activities.

 

Now you are asking, “How does this even happen?!” The problem is your veins in your lower extremities. When you are in an erect position, aka sitting or standing, for long periods of time, your blood pools in those veins, causing the vein walls to expand. Now this is completely normal, except, over time, your veins stop returning to their taught condition- this in turn causes a varicose vein to develop.

 

Men, it is important to move around during the day and not stay erect for long periods of time. It is important to note that your veins are pushing blood all the way back up to your heart from your lower extremities, make it a little easier on them and shake your legs out throughout the day!

 

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