Monthly Archives: August 2015

The Reno Vein Clinic Office

For years, we’ve been so lucky to call The Biggest Little City our home! Since 1999 Dr. Robert Merchant and Dr. John Daake have been providing Reno, Sparks, Tahoe, Carson and all of Northern Nevada with the most advanced vein treatments. In fact, did you know that Reno Vein Clinic’s vascular surgeons were the first west of the Mississippi to perform Radiofrequency Closure, the modern alternative to vein stripping?!

Last fall, we updated our office location and we are thrilled to be in a more convenient and state-of-the-art office!

If you haven’t visited our new space, we encourage you to stop by!

The Reno Vein Clinic Address is:

10685 Professional Circle, Suite B
Reno, NV 89521
(775)-329-3100 or Toll Free (877)-482-7285

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As always, if you or someone you know is troubled by painful varicose or spider veins, we will provide a free consultation to discuss the best and most effective treatment!

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Vein Reflux

Vein reflux, also known as venous reflux disease and venous insufficiency, causes blood flow problems in the legs and affects almost 25 million Americans.

The heart pumps blood to the rest of the body and tiny valves act as one-way gates to keep it from flowing backward to the heart. When these valves leak, fail or no longer function, the blood is able to flow backward and this backward flow allows it to pool up in the legs. This pooling in the legs creates large, swollen veins known as varicose veins.

If untreated, vein reflux disease can also cause pain, severe swelling, skin changes, skin ulcers and tissue breakdown.

If you experience any of these symptoms or would like a vascular health check-up, contact the doctors at Reno Vein Clinic at (775) 329-3100 to set up a free consultation or visit for more information.

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Men and Veins

Women are more prone to varicose and spider veins because of hormonal changes including pregnancy. However, many of the 80 million Americans who suffer from vein issues are men. Symptoms usually include leg pain, itching, leg fatigue, swelling and heaviness. Many men who have varicose veins most commonly complain of itching and cramping in their legs.

Some of the major factors leading to varicose veins in men are heredity, age, occupations that require standing for long periods of time and trauma to legs. As men age, their risk for varicose veins increase because there is a loss of tissue tone, muscle mass and weakening of the venous walls.

Men can also develop spider veins. Once spider veins develop, there is no way for the body to cure them. Men who have spider veins often do not consider them to be a cosmetic problem because the veins are covered by hair growth on their legs. However, if a man is experiencing symptoms or wants to have spider veins treated, sclerotherapy is an effective treatment.

It is important that both men and women are aware of the risks associated with varicose veins and spider veins, so they can take steps to prevent them from developing and seek treatment if necessary.

To learn more, please visit or call us at (775) 329-3100 or toll free (877) 842-7285.

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Could Your Job Be Putting You At Risk for A Vein Disorder?


Many professions require long hours on your feet that can lead to vein disorders like varicose or spider veins. The legs not only hold the majority of body weight but they also constantly circulate blood throughout the legs and into the rest of the body. There are intricate networks of veins that carry blood from the body to the heart. To prevent blood from flowing backward, veins have a series of one-way valves that keep the blood flowing in one direction toward the heart. The most common place for varicose veins to develop is in the legs because blood pools in weakened blood vessels causing the veins to enlarge and stretch.

Standing for a long time can increase the risk of developing varicose veins especially if you are more susceptible to vein disorders. Women are more likely to develop the condition because of hormonal changes during pregnancy, premenstruation and menopause. Other factors that can increase your risk of developing varicose veins include your age- causing wear and tear on the valves in your veins, genetics and obesity.

Here are 5 professions with a high risk for developing vein disorders:

1.     Teachers- From the first to the final bell, teachers are constantly on the go, and they spend hours on their feet in front of the classroom.

2.     Nurses- Depending on the shift, nurses can spend anywhere from 8-12 hours walking and standing in a hospital setting

3.     Casino Workers- Dealers, bartenders, cage cashiers, cooks and cocktail waitresses all spend the majority of their time at work standing or walking while providing service to hotel guests and gamblers.

4.     Hairdressers- In many cases hairdressers spend 90% of their day standing which can be hard on their feet, back and legs and can increase the risk for varicose veins.

5.     Mining/Construction Workers- Individuals who work mining and construction jobs experience long, physically exerting hours, often without ever sitting down.

If you work in one of the mentioned industries, be aware of the risks associated and take the necessary precautions to reduce your chance of developing vein disorders. Exercise regularly to improve your leg strength, circulation and vein strength and to maintain a healthy weight. If you have to stand for long periods of time, shift your weight from one leg to another every few minutes. Wear elastic support stockings, but avoid clothing that is too tight, or that will constrict your waist, groin or legs. Also, comfortable supportive shoes will help you keep a natural stance. Finally, make sure you include high-fiber foods in your diet, drink plenty of water and minimize your salt intake.

If you are concerned you might be suffering from spider or varicose veins, contact the Reno Vein Clinic at (775) 329-3100 or visit our website at

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