Binge watching your favorite series or games this week? . . . Avoid painful legs!
Are you in to Game of Thrones or the Handmaid’s Tale? Maybe you are an avid NFL or MLB fan and can’t wait for a day to lounge around and catch up on the series, or binge all the games in the line-up for the day. Sounds like and amazing day for a lot of people, however, prolonged periods of sitting or standing in a stationary position can have an adverse effect on the circulation in your legs.
Dancing with Varicose Veins
Has leg pain kept you in your seat and off the dance floor these days? You may have eliminated dancing because of symptoms associated with vein disease. Vein disorders are not always visible to the naked eye. Varicose veins or venous disease can cause aching legs, painful or restless legs, as well as tired, heavy legs, swollen ankles or muscle cramps. Varicose veins can occur at any age and affect both men and women.
Peripheral Vascular Disease: Not Always Just An Artery Issue
When the term peripheral vascular disease (PVD) comes up; it is a common misconception that this refers to just arterial disease. PVD refers to both the arterial and venous circulation. Arteries in the legs carry blood from the heart to the toes (periphery), and veins carry the blood from the toes back to the heart. While peripheral artery disease is common, a surprising fact for most people is that chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) is ten times more prevalent than arterial disease.
VARICOSE VEINS, VENOUS INSUFFICIENCY AND LEG ULCER TREATMENTS
Insurance coverage is always dependent upon benefit eligibility, as outlined in your specific benefit plan. Some employers have chosen not to cover varicose vein treatment specifically, so be sure and check with your human resources department or call the toll-free number on the back of your insurance card.
HERE'S HER STORY:
Magdalena, a 63-year-old retired woman that has lived with painful varicose veins and CVI since the 1970's. She had vein stripping in the 1970's and laser thermal ablation in 2010 which both left her traumatized and fearful of any further treatment. In late August, 2016 she reached a point where she had several ruptured varicose veins on her right leg, had chronic wounds draining a yellowish fluid from her left leg, and both legs severely hurt to the point she awoke every night.
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Vein disease is incredibly common in the United States. According to some estimates, 50-60 million American men and women have some form of venous disease. Varicose veins are among the most common of these.
In fact, varicose veins are so common that it can be easy to forget that they could also be an indication of more serious health issues lurking beneath the surface. That is why it is a good idea for anyone with even the slightest sign of venous disease, including varicose veins, to at least consult a vein specialist to see whether they are at risk for more serious conditions, such as chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), leg ulcers, or worse.
Varicose Veins Symptoms That Could Be Life Threatening
Not all symptoms hold the same weight, however. It is rare, but it is not impossible for clots to form in the visible veins and move into the deeper venous system.
If your leg suddenly swells and becomes painful, hard, hot, and red, or if you experience lightheadedness, rapid pulse or chest pain, seek medical help immediately. A leg that swells suddenly can be a sign of a blood clot (deep vein thrombosis); accompanying chest pain and lightheadedness could mean the clot has moved into your lungs (pulmonary embolism or PE), which can be fatal.
Vein specialists note that many men they treat have more severe vein problems than women because they’ve had them longer and tend to wait until their pain becomes unbearable--or worse--their veins start to bleed. Don’t be one of those guys!
When is the last time you went out for beers with the boys and talked about varicose veins? Maybe you should try it!
Venous Insufficiency in Men
If you’re like most guys, you figure that varicose veins are a woman’s problem. Certainly nothing you have to worry about, right? Think again! Exact numbers are elusive, but it is estimated that between 15-50 percent of men will suffer from some form of chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), including varicose veins, by the time they reach their 60s.
Men experience the same varicose vein and venous insufficiency symptoms as women: leg pain and leg swelling,
The fact is, everyone in this situation, man or woman, needs to consult with a qualified vein specialist to determine whether their vascular system is compromised, and what can be done to improve venous blood flow back to the heart before more serious, permanent damage is done.
Why Are Men at Risk for Varicose Veins?
The short answer to this question is: for many of the same reasons that women are. Family history, age, lifestyle and career factors, and previous leg traumas all play a role in the development of venous insufficiency.