June is Men’s Health Month which strives to raise awareness of preventable health conditions and encourage early detection and treatment of diseases among men and boys. National Men’s Health Week occurs this year, June 12-18, 2023.
At USA Vein Clinics, we believe in putting our patients first, which is more than providing excellent care. It means educating patients about vein disease, symptoms, and treatment to make the best health choices. We truly want to make a difference in the lives of the people we treat. Our patients value us as trusted, compassionate partners on their treatment journey.
As the largest network of vein treatment clinics in the United States, we want to show our support for varicose veins and Men’s Health Month by sharing our expertise and providing practical ways men can improve their vein health this month and year-round.
How Many People Are Impacted by Vein Disease?
There are 40 million people who have been diagnosed with varicose veins. That’s about 12.5 percent of the entire country’s population share the condition. And it’s not just older people or women who are affected by vein disease. The swollen, twisted veins can impact anyone at any age and lead to serious medical problems. These numbers show just how widespread varicose veins truly are, and both men and women should be aware of how this condition can affect them.
Like many men, Michael Buggs didn’t realize the impact of varicose veins on his overall health. Bugss had his veins treated in an Illinois USA Vein Clinics in Feb. 2028. After treatment, Michael shared, “The doctors and staff at USA Vein Clinics are amazing. They were able to help me with my leg pain and swelling, and I can now walk and exercise without any discomfort.”
USA Vein Clinics offers a range of non-surgical, outpatient varicose vein treatments. Treatments take only 15-30 minutes, depending on how many veins are affected. Patients typically report improved symptoms, mobility, and quality of life after treatment.
Buggs was pleased with his results and added, ” I would recommend them to anyone needing vein treatment.”
Dr. Yan Katsnelson says Buggs is not alone. People don’t realize that, left untreated, varicose veins can lead to a range of painful symptoms that increase your risk for more serious health conditions, including blood clots and venous ulcers.
“Vein disease doesn’t go away on its own,” the Harvard-trained cardiac surgeon and founder of USA Vein Clinics said. “It is a progressive condition, meaning symptoms usually worsen over time.|
How Varicose Veins Happen
One-way valves in your leg veins keep blood moving up toward the heart. When the valves do not work properly, they allow blood to back into the vein. The vein swells from the blood that collects there, which causes varicose veins. Smaller varicose veins that you can see on the skin’s surface are called spider veins. Any condition that puts excessive pressure on the legs or abdomen can lead to varicose veins, such as obesity or standing too long.
Varicose and spider veins are the early stages of chronic venous insufficiency, a progressive disease that doesn’t allow blood to flow back to your heart. Around 150,000 new patients receive the diagnosis of chronic venous insufficiency each year.
Vein disease can lead to more serious health conditions if left untreated, so you need to know the symptoms of vein disease and how to get the right treatment for your vein health.
Varicose Veins, Men’s Health and Family
While it’s not entirely clear what causes varicose veins, statistics show if both your parents have varicose veins, you have a 90 percent chance of getting them, too.
Mostly, they’re harmless, but they can be painful and disfiguring. When they become inflamed, they are tender to the touch and can cause problems with circulation that can lead to swollen ankles, itchy skin, and aching legs.
Men’s Health Month emphasizes maintaining your health can improve the quality of your life. Many health conditions are linked to genetics or lifestyle factors, meaning family members can support one another by knowing their family history, learning about risk factors, and working together to make lifestyle modifications that promote better health.
Staying Educated on Varicose Veins
USA Vein Clinics offers many resources to help you stay healthy. When you have questions or want to learn more, our team of skilled and knowledgeable vein specialists are ready to help through online consultation or a conversation in-office.
We’re committed to providing the best vein care to meet our patient’s needs, including information about vein disease and how it interacts with their well-being, including varicose veins and men’s health. Our goal is to improve the quality of patients’ lives through our non-surgical treatments and share our knowledge for patients to use in their ongoing care.
Knowing the Risk Factors for Vein Disease
One of the driving factors behind establishing Men’s Health Month was research that found men were less likely than women to visit a physician for preventative care.
According to two studies in 2012 and 2018, that trend has continued, which found similar results. While more research needs to be done to determine the reasons behind this disparity, we believe that providing education is one of the best ways to help people seek preventative care and take control of their health.
- Standing or sitting for long periods: Movement is a great way to promote healthy blood flow and reap other health benefits like reducing your risk of heart attack.
- Family history: If one or both of your parents have vein disease, you are at a greater risk.
- Age: Veins, as we age, weaken over time.
- Smoking or a history of smoking: Smoking weakens our veins, which reduces blood flow.
- Obesity: Excess weight puts more pressure on your veins, impacting their ability to pump blood effectively.
- High Blood Pressure: This condition increases the risk of your vein valves malfunctioning.
Treatment is Available for Men With Varicose Veins
Vein disease is treatable, no matter what your risk factors are. We offer a range of effective, minimally invasive treatments for vein disease at USA Vein Clinics. Our doctors are dedicated to working with patients to develop personalized varicose vein treatment for men.
At USA Vein Clinics, we’re passionate about helping people live without the painful symptoms of vein disease. Two of our core values, respect and compassion, help us serve our patients and their families with vein care suited to their particular needs and situation.
Get the help you need for your varicose veins with USA Vein Clinics. Our vein specialists know the importance of the role of varicose veins in men’s health. We provide minimally invasive varicose vein treatment options for men that can help improve your quality of life. Schedule a consultation to find out more about our treatments, or give us a call at 888.768.3467 to visit one of our clinics.