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What Men Should Know About Veins: Varicose Veins and Venous Disease are Real Medical Issues
Date:6/27/2012

South Portland, Maine (PRWEB) June 27, 2012

Women are more likely than men to have venous disease, including varicose veins and spider veins. But men are more likely to suffer from the worst vein problems, such as ulcers. Why is this the case?

Vein specialist Dr. Cindy Asbjornsen of the Vein Healthcare Center in Maine has observed that women tend to get help for their vein issues right away, while men will often wait until the problem becomes too painful to ignore. Leg wounds that won’t heal is often the result. Even men who are athletic are susceptible to venous disease. The important thing is to seek help for vein issues as soon as symptoms present themselves.

“This is a medical issue, not a vanity issue,” said Dr. Asbjornsen. “Conditions like varicose veins get worse with time, so the longer someone waits, the more extensive the condition— and the treatment.”

Here’s a brief review of how veins work. Veins carry blood from the legs and arms back to the heart. The blood in the legs travels up against gravity, so when the valves in the veins become damaged, blood “leaks” back into the legs and creates a “pooling” effect. Effective treatment begins with a thorough evaluation from a qualified phlebologist who will look for the source of the problem: the leaky valve or valves. Once that i
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