If you’ve been putting off treating your varicose veins, the best time to act is now. With summer moving behind us, now is the ideal time of year to say goodbye to unsightly veins.
Monthly Archives: October 2015
A thoracic aortic aneurysm, say that five times fast, is a weakened and bulging area in the upper part of the aorta, which is the major vessel that feeds blood to the body from the heart. Depending on the size and growth rate of the aneurysm, treatment may vary from watchful waiting to emergency surgery.
Thoracic aortic aneurysms often grow slowly and without symptoms, making them difficult to detect. Some people may notice pain or tenderness in the abdomen, chest or back. The exact causes of thoracic aortic aneurysms are unknown, but contributing factors include hereditary conditions, connective tissue disease, heart valve failures and problems, and traumatic injury.
While there is not a medicine you can take to prevent these aneurysms, there are risk factors you can be aware of. Risk factors include age, tobacco use, high blood pressure, plaque build up in the arteries and genetic predisposition. Males are also more likely to develop a thoracic aortic aneurysm than women and more Caucasians are diagnosed with these aneurysms than any other race.
Doctors are able to diagnose thoracic aortic aneurysms through chest x-rays, echocardiograms, CT scans and MRA’s. If you think you may have an aortic aneurysm or have experienced any of the symptoms, see your doctor immediately.
For more information about vascular health contact one of the doctors at the Reno Vein Clinic at (775) 329-3100 or visit www.renoveinclinic.com.
Is it a varicose vein or a spider vein? We get these questions often, as sometimes both of the conditions get confused for one another.
Here’s a simple way to tell:
Spider veins are generally tiny blood vessels just below the skin’s surface that become dilated; because they’re so close to the surface of the skin, they can be seen easily. Clusters of spider veins may appear to be a bruise. Spider veins can form due to heredity, injury, pregnancy, or hormonal changes. These veins are not usually harmful, but in rare cases they can bleed and lead to more serious conditions.
Varicose veins are more painful and more noticeable. If varicose veins are close enough to the surface of the skin, they appear ropey, gnarled, and reddish or purple. Varicose veins can lead to more serious issues such as blood clots, and can signal a higher risk of other circulatory problems.
Luckily, with either of these conditions, there are ways to diminish and eliminate problematic veins. Reno Vein Clinic offers the most advanced, minimally invasive vein procedures. If you suffer from varicose or spider veins, contact Dr. Robert Merchant or Dr. John Daake to determine the best treatment for you! (775) 239-3100 www.renoveinclinic.com