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Varicose Veins: Not Just a Women’s Problem

For Ladies Only…not.

If you’re like most guys, you figure that varicose veins are a woman’s problem. Certainly nothing you have to worry about. Right? Think again.
As many as 56 percent of men suffer from varicose veins, according to British research. Risk factors include family history of varicose veins, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, smoking, and prolonged standing.
 
While many think varicose veins are just a cosmetic concern – they can lead to discoloration, bleeding skin ulcers, and a “heavy leg” sensation that may hinder daily activity. When in an erect position, blood pools in the lower extremity veins expanding the vein walls over time. This can lead to a bulged look of varicose veins – causing symptoms that include throbbing, swelling, and decreased morbidity.
 
Most men don’t seek treatment for varicose veins for various reasons including:
  • Men don’t shave their legs (or even look at them). As a result, leg veins tend to be obscured beneath a swath of hair.
  • Bulging veins are associated with bulging muscles. No matter what any bulging blue or purple veins should be seen by a vein specialist, even if no pain if present.
  • Men don’t talk about it. When was the last time a man chatted about varicose veins with a buddy over beer?
  • Varicose veins is a “women’s problem”. No matter who it affects any medical issue should be examined.
Varicose vein evaluation includes a brief physical exam and often an ultrasound to look for underlying vein problems that may be a contributing factor. Patients with large varicose veins often have valve dysfunction in veins beneath the skin, which results in excess pressure in the veins.
 
An appointment can be made with on of the VIC Vascular Team providers by calling 423-602-2750.

Men’s Health Matters

June is Men’s Health Month.

This month is a reminder for men to take steps to be healthier, but they don’t have to do it alone! Whether it’s your partner, dad, brother, son, uncle, or friend, you can help support the health and safety of the men in your life.
 

Here are a few facts:

  • Men are at a greater risk of death in every age group
  • Men have a higher rate of suicide than women
  • Men have a higher rate of workplace injuries than women
  • Men do not get physical exams from physicians as often as women
  • Men are more likely to be uninsured than women
The Centers for Disease Control has a few tips to support the men in your life by having healthy habits yourself and by making healthy choices.
 
  • Eat healthy and include a variety of fruits and vegetables every day. They have many vitamins and minerals that may help protect from chronic disease. Limit foods and drinks high in calories, sugar, salt, fat, and alcohol.
  • Regular physical activity has many benefits. It can control your weight, reduce risk of heart disease and some cancers, and can improve mental health and mood. Find fun ways to be active together. Adults need 2 ½ hours of physical activity a week.
  • Set an example by choosing not to smoke and encourage the men in your life to quit smoking.
  • Help the men in your life recognize and reduce stress. Physical and emotional tension are often signs of stress. They can be reactions to a situation that causes you to feel threatened or anxious. Learn ways to manage stress including finding support, eating healthy, exercising regularly, and avoiding drugs and alcohol.