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Jobs With a High Risk of Varicose Veins

One of the biggest risk factors to developing varicose veins is prolonged standing or sitting. Certain occupations that require people to sit or stand a lot can be bad for the health of your veins. We’ve compiled a list of professions that feature a high risk of developing varicose veins:

  1. Nurses

In terms of jobs that require long periods of standing, nursing is right near the top. Whether it’s taking vitals, interviewing patients, checking up on patients, or assisting doctors during surgery, nurses spend the majority of the day on their feet. We recommend that nurses wear compression stockings to help prevent varicose veins and their symptoms.

  1. Working in an Office

In general, office workers sit uninterrupted at their desks for much of the day. In addition to being an unhealthy way to work (humans weren’t designed to sit all day), a sedentary desk job can be a contributing cause of varicose veins. When you frequently sit for extended periods, the muscles in your legs that normally help pump blood aren’t used very much. As a result, blood could flow backwards in leg veins and pool, causing varicose veins.

  1. Working in a Factory

If you’ve ever worked in a factory or an assembly line, then you know how much time these workers spend on their feet every day. If you haven’t, let’s just say it’s a lot. And hour after hour on your feet, sometimes in one place, can be one of the bigger causes of varicose veins.

  1. Cashiers

When we think about jobs that require a lot of standing in one place for hours on end, we immediately think about cashiers and about how the required standing of the profession can be one of the causes of varicose veins.

From retail cashiers at big-box stores to cashiers at grocery stores, working the register for long periods of time can take its toll on your legs and veins.

  1. Hairstylists

Even though you get to sit in a comfy chair while you get your hair cut, hairstylists don’t. Instead, they typically stand on a hard floor all day, which can be what causes varicose veins.

Do you or someone you know have a job like these that requires prolonged sitting and standing? If so, consider seeing a vein specialist to ensure your vein health is not at risk. www.RenoVeinClinic.com

 

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Varicose Veins and Itching.

Itching legs as a result of varicose veins can actually be a predictor of future vein problems if left untreated. We know varicose veins are associated with the accumulation of old blood in the damaged vessels.  Unless the legs are elevated, the blood does not return back to the heart readily from them.  Waste products like carbon dioxide, lactic acid, etc. can accumulate and the skin drained by these veins will have an increased concentration of waste products. This causes our skin to become drier and induces itching.

Over time this can produce varicose eczema, which causes increased healing times if injured and can lead to ulcers. Itching legs can indicate that it is definitely time to treat the varicose veins before the skin deteriorates into more severe problems.

If you have itching legs as a result of problematic veins, contact Reno Vein Specialists, Dr. Robert Merchant and Dr. John Daake at the Reno Vein Clinic www.RenoVeinCliniic.com (775) 329-3100.

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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 www.RenoVeinClinic.com (775) 329-3100

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Circulation Boosting Exercises

Circulation is extremely important in our overall health, especially our veins. When circulation is reduced, ailments like varicose veins, kidney disease and even stroke may occur. Exercise plays a key role in improving blood circulation; we’ve rounded up some general tips to keep in mind when staying active that will benefit your health and your circulation too!

Raise Your Heart Rate

Any type of exercise that increases heart rate improves circulation. When the heart muscle contracts at a higher rate, the increased volume of blood moves more rapidly through the arteries and veins of the body, boosting circulation. You may know these exercises as cardio activities, and they are a vital part of improving your circulation. Daily activities such as walking or riding a bicycle strengthen and enlarge the heart muscle, improving the pumping efficiency. Increased circulation does not require extreme exercise, but can be achieved through daily exercises. If you want to incorporate more cardio exercise into your day, consider taking up running, swimming, kickboxing, skipping rope, and skiing. These are just a few effective options.

Pump Your Blood With Resistance

Both aerobic and anaerobic exercise improve circulation, but studies have shown that anaerobic or resistance exercise shows a greater increase in circulation. In a study funded by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, researchers studied 10 healthy, active men during both aerobic and resistance exercises. They determined that the resistance exercise increased blood flow to limbs more than aerobic exercise.

Amp Up Resistance Training

Resistance exercises may include lifting weights, sit-ups, pushups and chin-ups. Resistance training stimulates muscle growth and strength, improving blood flow to the arms and legs. Your circulation improves through consistent resistance training, making it an important component of a workout. To see increased circulation, incorporate resistance training into your workouts. Incorporate a variety of weight training exercises such as bench presses, squats, lunges, leg curls, overhead presses, and oblique twists. These exercises can be done by themselves or as part of your overall workout.

Building A Healthy Body For Life

Maintaining proper blood circulation should be a priority for all people. Regardless of your age or physical abilities, regular exercise to promote circulation has beneficial effects. Improving and maintaining blood circulation builds a strong heart muscle and also improves the efficiency of your body, ensuring that both the arms and legs receive oxygen and other vital nutrients.

 

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Yes! Winter is the Best Time to Treat your Varicose and Spider Veins!

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It’s true! These blustery temperatures in Northern Nevada are the best time to prep your legs and get them ready for Spring and Summer! If you’ve been wanting to rid your legs of troublesome varicose and spider veins, now’s the ideal time to do so!

Varicose vein and spider vein treatments can eliminate veins that create bulging and twisting lines in the lower body – and relieve common symptoms like: pain, aching, fatigue, swelling, leg heaviness, burning, and itching.

Both varicose veins and spider veins are cause by venous insufficiency which is this backward flow of blood that occurs when the tiny valves inside veins which keep the blood flowing in a certain direction, are damaged, and wear out, allowing blood to collect inside the affected area. The result?  Major swelling of the vessels, which can often be seen on the outside of the legs. If unchecked this can result in tissue damage, as well as damage to the surrounding blood vessels. Skin changes, like discoloration and thickening will most often occur and all of this can be extremely painful.

At Reno Vein Clinic, we offer some of the most advanced and state-of-the-art treatments available including Sclerotherapy and Radiofrequency Closure. All are minimally invasive and require minimal downtime and recovery.

Here are a few more reasons why wintertime is truly the best time for varicose and spider vein treatment.
– Wearing seasonally appropriate long pants and tights will hide the mild bruising/swelling that comes from vein treatment.
– It is more comfortable to wear compression stockings and conceal them in the cooler months.
– While wearing winter clothes, affected, treated areas are unlikely to be exposed to sunlight, which can cause discoloration during the time of treatment.
– More time to see the results is provided, since warmer weather is still a few months away.

There really is no better time to get rid if your varicose and spider veins and get your legs looking the way you want them to! Contact us at Reno Vein Clinic for more information! (775) 329-3100.

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6 Things You Need to Know About Spider Veins

There are actually many misconceptions about varicose and spider veins. Here are some of the most common: Screen Shot 2015-12-11 at 4.00.50 PM

1. Crossing your legs doesn’t cause varicose veins. Neither does wearing high heels. The pooling of blood is actually more commonly caused by prolonged standing and/or sitting. Other notable causes: obesity, smoking, lack of exercise and hormonal birth control.

2. They’re not just a cosmetic problem. Probably the most common misconception about varicose veins is that people only get them treated because they’re, well, vain. Though experts agree that varicose veins are most often not a health issue, they shouldn’t be ignored. Varicose veins cause fatigue of the legs, swelling and general discomfort. They can also be a warning of  long term health risks including: deep vein thrombosis, blood clots, poor circulation and leg swelling,.

3. It’s definitely genetic, but don’t be too quick to blame one parent or the other. You can inherit the tendencies from either, or both sides of the family, and it can even skip a generation.

4. Varicose veins and spider veins aren’t the same thing.

Spider veins are:

  • small, thin blue blood vessels that can be seen under the skin
  • usually harmless
  • can be a symptom of poor circulation and varicose vein formation

Varicose veins are:

  • stretched-out veins where blood has pooled
  • thick, “ropey” and protrude out of legs
  • occur when one-way valves don’t work properly

5. There’s no proven way to reduce the appearance (aside from professional treatment), though some patients use makeup to cover up their prominent veins. But you can ease the painful symptoms. One temporary solution: Compression stockings or pantyhose

6. Treatment is better than ever, so that’s good news is that treatment today is quite advanced. There are no scars, no cutting—very minimal recovery.  And it is all offered at Reno Vein Clinic.

Call us at 775-329-3100 to schedule a consultation. Our procedures are done in an office setting,  away from the hospital and with no need  for general anesthesia.

 

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7 Quick Tips For Healthier Veins

7 Tips For Healthier Veins
As we know, varicose veins are swollen, bulging veins — usually in the legs. They can make standing and other activities painful.

Although not all cases are preventable, the womenshealth.gov Web site suggests how to help thwart varicose veins:

  • Apply sunscreen to your skin daily.
  • Get regular exercise to help make your legs stronger and improve circulation. Concentrate on activities that benefit the legs.
  • Maintain a healthy body weight.
  • Move around frequently, avoiding long periods of sitting or standing.
  • Don’t wear clothes that are too tight. Also avoid high-heeled shoes.
  • Wear elastic support stockings.
  • Eat more fiber to help prevent constipation, which can trigger varicose veins. Also, cut back on salt in your diet.

Unfortunately, not all varicose veins can be prevented. Luckily, Reno Vein Clinic offers the most advanced vein treatments available. NOW is the perfect time to see if a vein treatment is right for you. You’ll be ready to bare your legs for the warmer months!

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