Dr. Stephen Bunker and his medical team will be at the KEYE Television studios on Monday, June 9, 2014. They will be discussing varicose veins relating to men’s health, and how and men are also at risk for developing this medical condition.
Watch for live interviews at 5:00 PM. Be sure to call into the phone bank during the news hour and schedule your complimentary consultation!
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Are men at risk for developing varicose veins?
A common misconception is that only women are at risk for varicose veins. Both men and women are at risk for this disease. In fact, recent studies have shown 43 percent of men are expected to develop some form of venous disease by the time they reach their 60s.
What can happen if men overlook or ignore their varicose veins?
If left untreated, varicose veins can progress to become Chronic Venous Insufficiency, a more serious form of venous disease. This progression may present increasingly severe signs and symptoms over time. These signs and symptoms include but are not limited to:
- ankle swelling
- pain of the legs
- Restless Leg Syndrome
- skin damage
Treatments for diseased veins can be effective in preventing the progression of Chronic Venous Insufficiency and eliminating varicose veins.
Can men do anything to prevent varicose veins and Chronic Venous Insufficiency?
If men have mild forms of venous disease, a lifestyle change can help to control existing symptoms and prevent the disease from progressing to Chronic Venous Insufficiency. These changes include:
- Managing blood pressure and body weight
- Exercising regularly
- Strengthening calf muscles
- Elevating legs whenever possible
- Avoiding prolonged standing or sitting
- Eating a diet low in salt and rich in high-fiber foods
Unfortunately, varicose veins cannot always be prevented so it is important to talk to a vein specialist about treatment options before the condition progresses into Chronic Venous Insufficiency or symptoms worsen.