A dangerous misconception has been circulating: “only women get varicose veins”. In fact, men are far from immune to varicose veins, with approximately 20-35% of American men ages 30 to 40 suffering from some form of venous insufficiency; and the rates of occurrence only increasing with age. Too often this myth causes men to suffer in silence with their varicose veins, allowing them to go untreated until they develop into a serious medical complication.
Varicose veins interrupt the normal and healthy cycle of oxygenated blood flowing from the extremities of the body back to the heart. A series of one-way valves prevent blood from flowing backwards through the veins. When these delicate valves are structurally compromised they are no longer able to push blood upwards to the heart.
With the valves no longer able to seal, the blood flows backwards, causing pooling, unsightly varicose veins, pain and swelling. Varicose veins can be bulging, extremely painful and can cause a feeling of “heaviness and swelling”. Fortunately, a number of medical strides have been made offering multiple non-surgical, non-invasive treatment options, such as:
- Compression Therapy
- Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT)
- Duplex Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy Visual Sclerotherapy
Varicose veins affect nearly 80 million Americans, men and women alike. Accepting the misconception and the belief that varicose veins only happen to women is a dangerous and faulty assumption. Do not make this mistake;
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