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Men Have Varicose Veins Too

by Martin A. David
Varicose Vein Treatment Columnist

If you think that thick, painful varicose veins are only found in the legs of pregnant or overweight women, you are wrong. Men who stand a lot can also suffer from the condition. This includes street vendors to surgeons, and traffic cops to teachers. All are at risk for spider veins or varicose veins.

Causes of Varicose Veins

Under normal circumstances, the blood that goes to the legs is pumped back towards the heart as we walk around. When we stand still for long periods of time, the blood stays in the legs and causes veins to swell.

The veins become thick and pushed towards the surface. According to medical reports, even certain exercises can cause the condition. For example, strain such as heavy weight lifting will push the blood to the surface veins of the legs as well.

Most sufferers from varicose veins have an inherited problem with the valves in their veins. Instead of allowing the blood to flow freely back to the heart, the damaged valves let the blood remain in the legs.

Men usually resist wearing pressure stocking that can help slow the process. They also refuse to accept medical treatment as an option until the condition becomes very painful.

Lasers Instead of Surgery

One of the methods of dealing with varicose veins was the surgical removal of the damaged tissue or varicose vein stripping. Today many people prefer the less painful alternative treatment for varicose veins that uses laser treatment for spider and varicose veins. The laser is inserted by means of a long fiber optic strand that seals the damaged veins closed. The process is painless and can be done in the doctor's office.

About the Author

Martin A. David consults as a Senior Technical Writer for a number of Silicon Valley firms. He is also a translator, specializing in Danish, French and Spanish literary works. He has written numerous feature articles for publications including the Los Angeles Times. He has also published a novel, and a non-fiction book in the area of dance. Martin earned his B.A. in Liberal Arts from Brooklyn College in his native New York. He currently chairs the Santa Clara Cultural Advisory Commission in Santa Clara, California.