Monthly Archives: June 2012

What You Need to Know About Deep Vein Thrombosis & Summer Vacation

Summer vacation is here, and that means long car or plane trips too. Did you know sitting for extended periods of time increases your chances of developing blood clots and Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)? Because you are immobile, gravity works to pool blood into the lower part of your legs. Additionally, in a plane the pressurization of the cabin increases the tendency for pooling because blood becomes more sluggish. This can cause dangerous, even deadly, blood clots to form.

Even if you don’t experience Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) or blood clots while traveling, you could experience long-term effects later on. Sitting still for many hours can cause permanent damage to veins. Eventually you could start to suffer from chronic swelling, heaviness and fatigue in the veins. Varicose veins can also occur as a result.

To protect your veins during long travel, doctors suggest you get up and walk around every couple of hours. If you aren’t able to get out of your seat, activate the calf muscles by doing heel raises. Compression stockings also enhance the flow of blood in the calf muscle and increase the flow up the leg. If you are going to be flying for a very long trip, start taking baby aspirin about four days before you leave and continue taking it throughout the trip until you return home. Baby aspirin has a mild blood thinning effect that will help combat the blood pooling tendency when seated for a long trip. 
As long as you are aware of the risk factors associated with long trips and take the appropriate precautions to avoid Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and blood clots, you will be able to enjoy your vacation safely and ensure your veins remain strong and healthy.

If you are concerned you may be at risk for Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) or blood clots, contact the doctors at the Reno Vein Clinic and schedule a free consultation at (775) 329-3100.

 

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Cosmetic vs. Symptomatic Patients

The cosmetic patient simply doesn’t like the way their spider veins look (most often on the legs, but sometimes on their face or hands). We have the technology and specialized experience to remove any unsightly vein, but the surgery cannot be covered under medical insurance since it’s done purely for cosmetic reasons.

However, in some cases if a patient has symptoms associated with their varicose or spider veins such as leg aching, throbbing, swelling, restlessness, nocturnal calf cramps, pain, ulcers or clots, then most medical insurances cover the cost of surgery.

We offer patients a complimentary consultation so we can personally evaluate their condition and make a treatment plan. 

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Happy Father’s Day Weekend!

We’ve got two great fathers to celebrate here in the office- Dr. Merchant and Dr. Daake- but wanted to also wish you and your families a wonderful Father’s Day weekend!!!

 

-From all of us at Reno Vein Clinic.

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Giveaway!

This month, we’ll be randomly selecting one winner to receive a gift certificate to the Rapscallion Seafood House & Bar in Reno! All you have to do is “like” us at www.facebook.com/RVCSkincare to be automatically entered into the drawing! Good luck!

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Summer Sale Announced!

Summer Sale Announced!

Take advantage of this H-O-T offer, just in time for summer!

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June 2, 2012 · 11:04 am