It’s easy to spot a man with varicose veins: He’s the one at the beach who won’t suit up to go in the water. He is wearing pants when all the other men are wearing shorts out at the barbecue. He wears a warm-up suit on the tennis court. He quickly shuts down the conversation if someone asks him why he doesn’t bare his legs.
Many men think they shouldn’t get varicose veins. They think it’s a “women’s” disease. And, of course, guys won’t go to a vein doctor to ask how they might treat something like varicose veins.
So here’s a gift idea for Father’s Day (or really any time of year.) Schedule a free consultation for your man at the Vein Institute of Connecticut, put him in the car, and drive him to the office.
Assure him that no one will think less of him or question his manliness. That’s because everyone at the Vein Institute knows men are not immune to varicose veins – as many as 45% of men suffer from them.
It’s true that more women than men get varicose veins. No one knows exactly why, although pregnancy can be a factor that guys don’t have to worry about. But the same risk factors exist for both men and women: heredity, obesity, lack of exercise and if you stand – or sit – for hours at a time. All are suspected to speed up the process of varicose veins appearing in your legs.
And many men probably don’t know that varicose vein treatments are easy and most often covered by insurance. Varicose veins are treated during office visits and usually you can return to normal activity the day after the procedure.
If the man in your life is covering up varicose veins, it’s time to schedule an appointment, accompany him to the doctor, and help him learn that he can start wearing shorts again.