Monthly Archives: April 2016

Healthy Vein Breakfast Ideas

It’s the most important meal of the day, but is your breakfast doing your veins any good? Here are some quick and easy recipes to get your day started with your vein health in mind:

Original Bircher Muesli

Constipation increases pressure on the veins, which can contribute to the development of varicose veins over time. The apples and oats in this muesli are rich in soluble fiber, which absorbs water in the colon, keeping the stool soft and preventing constipation.


1 tbsp. rolled oats
3 tbsp. water
1 tbsp. sweetened condensed milk
2 tsp. lemon juice
1-2 apples (including skin)
1 tbsp. hazelnuts or almonds, ground


Combine oats and water and refrigerate overnight. Soaking improves the nutritional value of oats as it allows enzymes to break down and neutralize phytic acid, a compound that can block the absorption of many minerals in the intestines.
Grate apples. Add them, together with sweetened condensed milk and lemon juice, to soaked oats. Stir well.
Sprinkle with almonds or hazelnuts and serve.

Weight Loss Muffins

Obesity and excess body weight have been associated with an increased risk of varicose veins. These scrumptious muffins are packed with weight loss promoting fiber and protein, while being extremely low in fat.


1 cup rolled oats, soaked in 1 cup skim milk for 1-2 hours
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 egg whites
1 cup skim milk
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup blueberries



Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C, gas mark 6).

Beat together egg whites, oat-milk mixture, and applesauce. Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl.

Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until just combined (do not over-mix). Fold in blueberries.

Fill 12 paper muffin cups with batter (about two thirds full). Bake for 20 minutes or until done.



Buckwheat Pancakes with Papaya Purée

Buckwheat is one of the best natural sources of rutin. The bioflavonoid rutin is well known for its role in maintaining a well-functioning circulatory system by making capillaries stronger and by improving circulation. Papaya, on the other hand, is loaded which vitamin C. Vitamin C has been shown to enhance the beneficial effects of rutin


1 cup buckwheat flour
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. potato starch
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 cup rice milk
2 Tbsp. canola oil
Vegetable cooking spray, for frying
2 papayas, peeled, seeded and diced
Brown rice syrup, to serve


Combine dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Add rice milk and canola oil, and whisk until well combined. If batter seems very thick, you may want add a little extra rice milk or water.
Preheat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Spray with vegetable cooking spray.
With a ladle, pour batter to the size you prefer. Even out batter on skillet with back of a spoon. Cook pancake on medium high heat for a few minutes until bubbles appear. Flip over and continue frying until cooked (a properly cooked pancake appears dense and not sticky when cut in the middle).
Repeat previous step until batter is gone.
Purée diced papaya in a food processor. Ladle into a serving bowl.
Serve pancakes with papaya purée and brown rice syrup.



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All About Compression Stockings

At Reno Vein Clinic, we receive a number of questions pertaining to compression stockings and how they work. We’ve rounded up some of the most common questions pertaining to compression stockings so you can have a better idea of what they are and how they help relive pain, swelling and increase circulation!

What Are Compression Stockings And Why Are They Useful?

Compression hosiery has been used to treat venous disorders since 1848, when William Brown patented the first elastic compression stocking. Since then, the use of even lightweight graduated compression hosiery has been widely proven to improve symptoms of discomfort, swelling, fatigue and aching.

Compression stockings put helpful pressure on your veins. Graduated stockings tighten the most at the ankle, and gradually deliver less tension as it stretches over the knee and towards the thigh. The result becomes the forcing of blood along its natural course despite the damage to the veins.

Tips on Buying and Using Compression Stockings

You don’t need a prescription to buy compression stockings. You can buy them online, from Reno Vein Clinic, at a medical supply store or at a full service pharmacy. Compression stockings will often range in price from about $50 to $100, depending on the size and style. Unless told otherwise by your doctor, you should not wear them when sleeping.If you plan on wearing them every day, get two pairs. This way, you can wear one while washing and drying the other.

To keep the elasticity, you need to wash them in warm water with a gentle detergent and let them dry flat. This means that if you remove your stockings, you need to wash and let them dry before using them again. This is where it comes in handy to have two pairs. Most stocking will last 3 to 4 months before losing their initial strength.

How to Choose Your Compression Stocking

  1. The length of your stocking

Two main lengths are available: knee and thigh highs. A knee-length gradient compression stocking is generally recommended for most cases, but if you have varicose veins or swelling above your knee, thigh high is recommended.

  1. The compression level

The standard compression levels in the USA are divided into three classes:
Class 1: 15-20 mmHg
Class 2: 20-30 mmHg
Class 3: 30-40 mmHg

Compression stocking between 15 and 20 mmHg effectively relieve the symptoms of venous insufficiency, prevent edema (swelling) and are well-tolerated by most people.

When and How to Apply Compression Stockings

Stockings should be applied before swelling builds in the legs. The ideal time is before going out of bed in the morning. If you take a shower, you should put them on right after drying yourself up.

A little trick to make the process of applying my stocking easier is to lie on your back with my legs in the air. This allows the blood to leave the legs which slightly reduces the size.

For more information on compression stockings and to see if they are a good idea for you, contact Reno Vein Clinic (775) 329-3100

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