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Governor to seek treatment for varicose veins in his legs

This news story was published on December 26, 2014.
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Gov. Terry Branstad

Gov. Terry Branstad

DES MOINES – Governor Terry Branstad will seek treatment for varicose veins in his legs next week, his office said today.

On Monday, December 29, 2014, Gov. Branstad will undergo an outpatient, routine procedure to treat varicose veins in his legs. The expected recovery time is about one week, with the recommendation of rest, reduced time on his feet and elevated legs. He will be available during his recovery for business calls and meetings, as needed. The governor plans to return to his regular schedule on Tuesday, January 6, 2015.

varicose veins

varicose veins

Varicose and spider veins can occur in men or women of any age, but most frequently affect women in the childbearing years and older people, according to “Varicose veins are very common. Some estimates suggest that about 10% to 15% of men and most older women have varicose or spider veins.”

The condition can be caused in men by a sedentary lifestyle, weight gain and prolonged standing.

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