Do varicose veins affect men?

Although more prevalent in women, varicose veins also occur in men.  

Varicose veins — dilated tortuous veins on the legs— are a very common condition. Women are more likely to develop varicose veins than men, but no-one is immune.

What are varicose veins, exactly?

Veins transport blood from the organs and extremities back to the heart. Valves within the veins permit the blood to travel back to the heart against gravity.

When these valves fail to function as they should, the veins are subjected to increased pressure and can enlarge over time. These veins become tortuous and swollen and are known as varicose veins. The emergence of varicose veins is common, and although it is generally harmless, some patients are at risk of complications.

What are the symptoms of varicose veins in men?

Similar to those in women. Despite the presence of enlarged, bulging veins, men often present with no other symptoms. It is possible for some men to experience aching and/or itchy legs; cramps; and swelling in the lower legs.

What causes varicose veins in men?

Varicose veins typically occur as the result of dysfunctional valves. When the valves become faulty, excessive pressure builds in the veins, which causes the veins to swell.

The factors that increase one’s risk of developing veins include advanced age, as well as genetic or family history. A sedentary lifestyle or standing for extended periods of time can also increase the chances of varicose veins.

Can varicose veins cause health problems?

Most often, varicose veins pose no danger to one’s health, but occasionally they can lead to more serious problems. Some of the possible health concerns that can occur as the result of untreated varicose veins include superficial venous thrombosis or phlebitis, which can be painful; skin changes (venous pigmentation or eczema), or thickening of the soft tissues (liposclerosis) which can lead to venous ulcers

How can we help?

If you are suffering from varicose veins and are concerned about their appearance and/or their impact on your health, we encourage you to come in and see us. The good news is that the veins can be effectively and safely treated.

At North Western Vascular, we offer a range of treatment options for varicose veins. The treatment that is best for you will depend on several factors including the extent to which the veins bothering you. Treatment options include open surgery, endovenous laser ablation (EVLT)  and ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy.

To find out more about your treatment options for varicose veins, please have a look here. If you would like to book an appointment, please get in touch here, or alternatively, call us on 03 9372 9999.

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