What Causes Spider Veins and Varicose Veins?

What causes spider veins and varicose veins?Many people believe that this is a female disease, and although women are two to three times more likely to develop varicose veins than men, the underlying risk factors of genetics, lifestyle, job type, overweight, lack of exercise, trauma to our legs, etc., means that we treat several men at our clinic each week.

According to WebMD.com:

The National Institutes of Health estimates that 60% of all men and women suffer from some form of vein disorder. A quarter of varicose vein sufferers are men, although Dr. Robert A. Weiss [of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine] notes that it is almost always women who seek help for spider veins.

Seeking Treatment

Whatever the reasons men are less likely to seek out treatment for varicose and spider veins, it’s just as important for men as it is for women to get treated earlier rather than later. Timely diagnosis and treatment helps prevent serious vein diseases and conditions, such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolism, and chronic venous insufficiency.

If you are a woman or man suffering from varicose veins, call (512) 726-0599 or request an appointment online for a free screening. We now have two locations: in Westlake and Round Rock.

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