Monthly Archives: November 2010

Vascular Disease Foundation Tribute Garden

The Vascular Disease Foundation (VDF) was established in 1998 to provide public education and improve awareness about vascular diseases. VDF provides resources to the public that are accurate and trustworthy so the public may have science-based information and data to make informed healthcare decisions.

The VDF Tribute Garden is dedicated to those currently fighting vascular disease or those who have passed away from vascular disease. It is a place for families, loved ones, or anyone to honor or memorialize someone special. Through VDF’s Tribute Garden you can leave comments, participate in discussions with others who have struggled with vascular disease, make a donation or create a memorial fund.

It is hard to care for or watch someone you love suffer from vascular disease. The VDF’s Tribute Garden is a place people can learn, grieve and heal.

For more information about the Tribute Garden visit the VDF website at To learn about vascular conditions and treatment contact the Reno Vein Clinic at (775) 329-3100.

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What Does it Mean to Be Certified by The American Board of Phlebology?

Phlebology is the study of veins, venous diseases and disorders. The American Board of Phlebology was established in 2007 to improve the standards of medical practitioners and the quality of patient care related to the treatment of venous vein disorders.

There are numerous practitioners in the field of phlebology with varying experience. Those doctors with superior knowledge and experience can demonstrate their expertise through certification. To become board certified, physicians must complete requisite training, meet continuing medical education requirements and pass a certification exam. The certification is a ten year certificate that is subject to maintenance certification requirements.

Certification by the American Board of Phlebology demonstrates that physicians have met rigorous standards of education, experience and evaluation. Reno Vein Clinic is proud that both of their doctors, Dr. Robert Merchant and Dr. John Daake, are certified by the American Board of Phlebology.

For more information visit the American Board of Phlebology website at or contact the Reno Vein Clinic at (775) 329-3100.

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Besides being hard to pronounce, Telangiectasia is the chronic dilation of groups of capillaries near the surface of the skin. It can develop anywhere on the body but is most common on the face around the nose, cheeks and chin. When similar veins are found on the legs they are commonly called spider veins. The causes of Telangiectasia can be congenital and acquired. Acquired causes include venous hypertension with underlying varicose veins. Blood flow abnormalities can also lead to Telangiectasia or spider veins in the legs. Telangiectasia usually isn’t painful, but the underlying causes may be.

There are two treatment options for Telangiectasia, laser treatments and foam sclerotherapy. Foam sclerotherapy is a non-operative treatment that uses micro-injection technology to inject a FDA approved solution called Sotradecol®. Compression stockings must be worn after sclerotherapy treatments on the legs.

The Reno Vein Clinic has experienced doctors who perform both treatment options for Telangiectasia. Call to set up a consultation today (775) 329-3100 or visit for more information.

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Myths About Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are commonly misunderstood. With so many myths floating around, we are here to settle the score.

As we grow older our skin begins to thin and reveal veins that would not have been visible before. Many think these are varicose veins and therefore associate them with old age. However, these veins are not considered varicose unless they appear to be thicker and purple or blue. Another misconception about varicose veins is that they only occur in the elderly. Unfortunately, painful varicose veins can occur in teenagers as well. The general belief is that varicose veins only affect women. While women are more commonly affected, men also struggle with these ugly, purple leg snakes.

Crossing your legs is another myth surrounding veins. Many women cross their legs often without even realizing that they do it. While crossing your legs is perceived to affect vascular health, your legs do not create the kind of pressure necessary to stop blood flow in your veins and therefore will not increase your risk for developing varicose veins. The same is true for standing for long periods of time. Standing for long periods of time can contribute to a lack of blood flow, but it does not directly cause varicose veins.

As long as the bluish cables in your legs aren’t causing you pain, than it’s okay to ignore them, right? Wrong! Ignoring varicose veins can lead to serious problems such as severe pain and swelling, skin ulcers and skin changes. If you have varicose veins you should talk with your doctor.

While minimally invasive surgery is a successful way to eliminate unwanted varicose veins in your legs, there are other, non-surgical options as well. Varicose veins can be treated with home care, i.e. support hose and sclerotherapy treatments. There is no reason to undergo the painful vein stripping procedure.

Your legs don’t have to look like a national road map with highways all over the place, there are options. Call the doctors at the Reno Vein Clinic today to set up a free consultation at (775) 329-3100 and visit us online for more information

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