2017-03-16 / Healthy Living

Varicose veins – Yes, men get them, too!

Healthy legs are important for an active lifestyle. 
COURTESY PHOTOS Healthy legs are important for an active lifestyle. COURTESY PHOTOS It’s true, while varicose and spider veins are more prevalent in women, men suffer from them, too. Generally, because men cover up, and are less concerned by the appearance of their legs, they may wait longer to have varicose vein treatments. This means that men tend to have more advanced venous disease with larger, bluish rope-like veins. Early diagnosis and treatment is a step in the right direction! Men may also have more little red spider veins on the face and nose, which are easily and effectively treated at Palm Beach Cardiovascular with Veinwave™, a leading edge, minimally invasive new treatment. Varicose veins are a progressive venous disease and should not be ignored. The treatment options are the same for men and women. Both should have a complete diagnostic ultrasound to determine the cause of the problem and consult with their cardiovascular specialists to determine the most effective treatment options. Today, there are many minimally invasive treatments available from Laser vein ablation, radio frequency vein ablation, ambulatory phlebotomy, sclerotherapy and Veinwave.™

Varicose veins are caused by weakened vein valves and veins in the legs and ankles. Normally, one-way valves in veins keep blood flowing up toward the heart from the legs. When these valves stop working properly, blood collects and pools in the legs. The veins become weak, large, and twisted. This results in venous insufficiency with the attendant symptoms of fatigue, swelling, throbbing, itching, heaviness and achy legs. Varicose veins are a progressive disease, which means, without proper treatment, varicose veins can worsen over time. In some cases, if varicose veins are left untreated, serious complications such as phlebitis (inflammation of the veins), skin ulcers and blood clots, may result. The board-certified physicians at Palm Beach Cardiovascular Vein Center are dedicated to diagnosing the cause and treating venous insufficiency effectively. Using the latest, minimally invasive techniques Richard S. Faro, MD, FACS, and Joseph Motta, MD, FACS have perfected the relatively pain-free, highly effective techniques that require little or no recovery time. The latest treatments include VNUS Radiofrequency Closure, Sclerotherapy, Laser treatments and Veinwave™. All of these procedures are performed at their practice in their comfortable Palm Beach Gardens offices.

On Saturday, March 25, from 9 a.m. until noon, the doctors are offering a consultation to evaluate the health of new patients’ venous systems. To make an appointment for this complimentary event, please call (561) 626-9801.

Dr. Faro and Dr. Motta, between them, are Board Certified in Vascular Surgery,

Thoracic Surgery, Cardiac Surgery & by the American Board of Phlebology. To make an appointment with one of the specialists, please call (561) 626-9801 today.

Palm Beach Cardiovascular, 3370 Burns Road, Suite 206, Palm, Beach Gardens, Florida, 33410. ¦

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