Vein care for men

Vein disease is not limited to women. About one third of the patients that we treat for serious venous disease are men. Men with venous disease have the same risk as women of developing serious complications, such as venous ulcers or blood clots, if their vein disease goes untreated.

 

While the specific genes that increase the risk of vein disease are not known, men seem to have as much chance as women of carrying the genes. The most accepted explanation for the fact that more women than men actually develop vein disease is that women are exposed to the female hormone progesterone, both during their monthly cycle and especially during pregnancy. Progesterone weakens the veins.

 

Men should be aware of the signs and symptoms of venous disease and seek medical treatment to avoid possible serious complications.

 

Clovis E. Manley, MD

Evansville Regional Vein Center

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