June 2011 Newsletter

Focusing On The Men In Our Lives

In May we honored the special women in our lives, and in June we turn our focus to the special men. While women are often heard voicing concern about the appearance of varicose veins, studies show that men are not exempt from the discomfort of unsightly veins either. It is estimated that 25% of all men in the United States experience some form of vein issues, and half of all people over the age of 50. Varicose veins can be a strong indicator of more serious vein disease. That said, it’s important that men take notice of their leg symptoms and take the time to schedule a vein assessment with a local vein specialist.

A Technical Look At Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are enlarged and twisted rope-like veins that appear near the surface of the skin. In normally functioning veins, tiny one-way valves open as blood flows toward the heart and close to prevent blood from flowing backward. When these valves malfunction, blood pools in the veins, resulting in a buildup of pressure that weakens their walls and causes them to bulge. Over time, the increased pressure can cause additional valves to fail. This venous reflux, or venous insufficiency, leads to the development of varicose veins.  The first physical symptom is usually their appearance. As the disease progresses, the legs begin to feel heavy, tired and achy, and these symptoms worsen with prolonged periods of sitting or standing. Muscle cramping may be accompanied by a burning and throbbing feeling in the lower legs.  Any type of discomfort or visual symptoms should be addressed immediately with a vein specialist.  Take a moment to learn more about vein disease and how varicose veins can be eliminated.

Why Are Varicose Veins Most Prominent In The Legs?

Unavoidable underlying causes of chronic venous insufficiency that can lead to varicose veins include an inherited genetic predisposition and the normal aging process. While they can develop anywhere in the body, varicose veins are most commonly found in the legs and ankles because standing and walking increase pressure in the lower extremities. Any condition that puts more pressure on leg veins, including standing for long periods of time, being overweight, or pregnancy, can also cause varicose veins. Learn more about vein disease, prevention measures and treatment options.