What Causes Varicose Veins in Men?
Varicose veins are large, swollen, and twisted veins, mostly appearing on the legs and feet. They occur due to defective valves in the veins, which cause the blood to flow in the wrong direction and pool in your legs. At Precision VIR, we see varicose veins in men and women.
Although women more often report varicose veins than men, the latter gender may also develop them. In fact, a 2003 Edinburgh Vein Study showed that the odds of developing varicose veins in older men may be greater than women. But it may be just that women more often report them because of cosmetic reasons.
The veins of our legs are divided into two systems: superficial and deep. Healthy veins contain valves, which function to direct a one-way flow of blood from the superficial to the deep veins, which then push it towards the heart. The blood should flow from the superficial into the deep veins but not the opposite route. However, certain factors can damage the valves, causing the blood to flow back from deep to the superficial veins instead of moving to the heart. This blood pools (or collects) inside the superficial veins, causing them to swell and enlarge.
Various factors can trigger varicose veins in men, including:
- Lifestyle factors
- Sitting or standing for prolonged periods (causes the blood to pool in the veins, expanding their walls)
- Chronic constipation and excessive straining to start a bowel movement (requires too much muscular activity that damages the valves in the veins of your legs)
- Aging (causes wear and tear on the valves of your veins)
- Having a relative with varicose veins
- Obesity (puts more pressure on veins)
- Smoking (cuts off the oxygen supply, which damages the inner lining of the veins)
Is it necessary to treat all Varicose Veins?
Other than their cosmetic look, varicose veins in men usually do not cause harm; treatment is not essential in uncomplicated cases. However, for some people, the condition can provoke serious, even life-threatening problems, requiring action.
The potential complications stemming from varicose veins in men are as follows:
When to see a Vein Specialist?
According to the NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) guidelines, you will be referred to a vascular specialist if you experience any of the above-listed complications.
Can Varicose Veins in Men Recur after Surgery?
Yes, although the surgery is effective, varicose veins can still come back. The estimated time for these veins to reappear is up to three years after treatment. It is important that you wear compression stockings and implement the lifestyle measures as advised by your doctor.
Schedule an Appointment for Varicose Vein Screening
If you have varicose veins, you don’t need to suffer! The friendly staff and expert doctors at Precision VIR can help. With offices in Dallas and the surrounding DFW areas, there is a location convenient to you. See how varicose vein treatments can improve the quality of your legs and your life. To schedule an appointment please call us at 214-382-3200 or complete the form below.
Precision VIR serves the DFW area including Dallas, Fort Worth, Carrollton, Richardson, Garland, Mesquite, Highland Park, University Park, Park Cities, Plano, Frisco, Allen, McKinney, Arlington, Irving, Grand Prairie, Denton, Lewisville, Flower Mound and all of North Texas.
This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Prior to starting any new treatment or questions regarding a medical condition, always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health provider.