Monthly Archives: December 2010

Peripheral Arterial Disease and the Stay in Circulation Campaign

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) affects 8 to 12 million people in the United States, especially those over the age of 50.  However, few people know they have PAD until the disease has reached its advanced stages.

PAD is a circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to your limbs. Most often legs don’t receive enough blood flow to keep up with demand, and this causes leg pain. PAD is often caused by fatty deposits of plaque that build up in the artery walls and reduce blood flow.

To raise awareness about PAD, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and P.A.D. Coalition is sponsoring the “Stay in Circulation: Take Steps to Learn About P.A.D.” campaign. The PAD campaign is the first national awareness campaign to increase public and health care provider awareness of PAD and its association with other cardiovascular diseases. The campaign includes patient education, a national and local media outreach program and community events designed to raise awareness of PAD in adults over the age of 50.

Visit the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute at to learn more about the Stay in Circulation campaign.

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What Is Vasculitis?

Vasculitis is an inflammation of your blood vessels. It can cause changes in the walls of blood vessels, such as thickening, weakening, narrowing and scarring. Some forms of vasculitis can be so severe that the tissues and organs don’t get enough blood resulting in organ damage and even death.

The symptoms of vasculitis can vary depending on which blood vessels are affected. However, most people with vasculitis experience fever, fatigue, weight loss, muscle and joint pain, loss of appetite and nerve problems such as numbness or weakness.

If you are concerned that you may be suffering from vasculitis, schedule an appointment with your primary care physician. If your doctor suspects that you have vasculitis, you may be referred to a specialist.

Visit or call us at (775) 329-3100 to learn more about vein disorders.

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About the Vascular Disease Foundation

Dennis Newman, a pioneer in ultrasound technology, founded the Vascular Disease Foundation (VDF) in 1998, when his cousin lost a leg to vascular disease. He learned first-hand that there were few resources available for people suffering from this often silent and debilitating disease.

Since its inception in 1998, the VDF has shown steady growth in its ability to reach out to the general public and medical professionals alike, and continues to provide timely and accurate information about vascular disease.

They site their mission is “…to reduce death and disability from vascular disease and improve vascular health”. Additionally their goals are to increase public awareness and concern for vascular diseases, provide information and educational programs for health care professionals, become a resource for public information, and help patients and families affected by vascular diseases.

To learn more about the VDF and vascular disease visit, or call our office at (775) 329-3100.


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What Are Spider Veins?

Spider veins are smaller than varicose veins and appear as red, purple and blue vessels that are most commonly found on the ankles, thighs, feet and face. These veins normally appear on the skin’s surface and look like short, fine lines, starburst clusters or tiny webs. Normally these veins cannot be felt by touching.

The causes of spider veins can be divided into congenital and acquired factors. A family history of spider veins, also referred to as Telangiectasia, can increase your risk of developing spider veins.

Acquired factors like older age and gender will also predispose the development of spider and varicose veins. Females are affected more often than males, and one of the main reasons for this is pregnancy. Hormones circulating during pregnancy can weaken vein walls and increased blood volume during pregnancy can distend veins causing valve dysfunction that leads to pooling in the veins.

If you are interested in learning more about spider veins, visit or call us at (775) 329-3100.

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