One of the myths about vein disease we deal with most often at the best vascular clinic in Colorado is that it is a "women's disease," and that men don't get varicose veins and spider veins.
The problem with believing this myth is that many men who badly need treatment for their vein disease fail to ever seek it. They are literally ashamed to see a vein doctor, because they think "That's what women do."
In this article, the best vein doctors in Lone Tree hope to provide a few facts that will help men understand that they're at risk, too.
Still believe that varicose veins and spider veins are a "women's disease?"
Let's start with a few statistics. Over 40 million Americans have varicose veins. Classic studies indicate that 55% of them are women, and 45% are men. That's 18,000,000 men who have vein disease.
More recent studies have found that the occurrence of varicose veins in men was over 50%. For example, the 2013 Edinburgh Vein Study found that among their subjects, the men actually had more varicose veins than the women. So men DO get vein disease, possibly just as often as women do.
Factors that put men at risk for developing varicose veins and spider veins
- Age – Varicose veins are more common if you are over 50. But that doesn’t mean younger men can’t develop the condition as well.
- Heredity – If one of your parents has varicose veins, your risk of getting them rises by 25%. If both of your parents have varicose veins, the risk goes up to 90%.
- Occupation – Jobs that involve long periods of standing or sitting, or that require frequent travel, may increase your risk. Standing and sitting without breaks increases the strain on your lower leg veins. Traveling by plane also involves changes in air pressure that can weaken your veins.
- Lifestyle – Men who have sedentary lifestyles are more likely to develop varicose veins. Lack of activity means your calf muscles aren’t doing much flexing, which causes your lower leg veins to work harder. This makes the veins more prone to damage. A sedentary lifestyle is also often associated with weight gain, which can put increased pressure on your veins.
What are the symptoms of vein disease?
Well, if you have visible varicose veins or spider veins, that's an indication that you need a venous screening, to find out how far the disease has progressed.
It's even more important to schedule a checkup if your swollen veins are causing symptoms such as leg pain, swollen achy legs, skin changes on your legs and feet, or restless leg syndrome (a compulsive urge to move your legs). But you can have vein disease even if you don't display any of these symptoms.
So how do I find out for sure if I have vein disease?
It's simple. Call ECCO, the best vein clinic in Colorado and set up an appointment for a venous screening. We can tell you in less than an hour whether you have vein disease, using painless, noninvasive tests.
If you don't have it, our vein specialists can tell you how to reduce your risks, so you can stay healthy. If you do, the best vascular specialists in Colorado can tell you how to get rid of your varicose veins or spider veins, using state-of-the-art procedures that are as fast and as painless as your initial screening.
So don't delay. Don't suffer the unattractiveness of varicose veins and spider veins – not to mention the discomfort of their side effects – a day longer than you have to.