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The Importance of Preventative Care


Have you ever heard the saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?”

When it comes to healthcare and self-care, this quote rings more true today than it ever has! Each day it is so easy to take small steps to improve your overall health and help avoid more serious health problems that may arise in the future. You and your doctor are a team when it comes to your wellness, and through routine checkups, you can ensure good overall health each day through your lifetime!

Did you know, nearly 80% of illnesses are preventable in some capacity? Preventative care focuses on establishing, maintaining, or improving your health status each and every day. This can include vaccinations and screenings, but it’s also about a consistent, nutritious diet and proper exercise. his means that you can take extra steps toward your health to save yourself trouble and pain in the future!

Here are 3 easy steps you take to be proactive about your health today:

  1. Drink Water. We say this all the time, but drinking water is SO important to overall health. Your body works better when it’s hydrated.
  2. Watch Your Weight. If your body is forced to carry around extra pounds, it leads to more strain on muscles, veins, and joints.
  3. Schedule Regular Visits with Your Doctor. It’s important to make sure you receive frequent check-ups to ensure everything is running smoothly.

Preventative self-care is a habit you’ll want to make sooner, rather than later. Make healthy lifestyle choices and monitor your health– you’ll be happy you did! Call us today to schedule your preventative care appointment (775) 329-3100!


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Now Offering Free Consultations!

We are pleased to announce that Reno Vein Clinic is back open! After a whirlwind few weeks, we are looking forward to helping our patients get back on track to achieving their desired results. To celebrate, we are now offering patients free consultations for a limited time!

Our expert team will schedule your free consultation and discuss treatment options to take care of your problematic, painful, or unsightly veins before summer. Dr. Merchant and the staff at Reno Vein Clinic are incredibly experienced and have treated all severities of spider and varicose veins. We offer four different treatment options to help you achieve your desired results, bringing you one step closer to the beautiful legs you want before your fun-filled summer!

To schedule your free consultation before June 30th, call (775) 329-3100.

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Immunity Boosting Smoothie

We have never needed immunity-boosting smoothies more! This Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and fiber-rich smoothie will help keep you full, and keep your immune system strong through spring and our new normals.

Carrots are a vegetable rich in Vitamin A, which is essential for supporting the lining of the digestive tract so you can keep your gut lining working strong! It serves as the blocking barrier for foodborne pathogens and the rest of your body. This orange probiotic immunity-boosting smoothie is perfect for breakfast on-the-go.

Try the recipe below!


  • 1 large carrot, peeled
  • 1 large orange
  • 6-ounce fresh orange juice
  • 1 tsp chia seed
  • 6–8 ounces vanilla almond milk
  • 3 to 4 dates, pitted
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tbsp powdered or grated ginger
  • Ice

Blend & enjoy!

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Treatment Spotlight: Sclerotherapy!

At Reno Vein Clinic, our expert vascular surgeon, Dr. Merchant provides tailored solutions to your vein health needs. This week we are highlighting one of our many vein treatment options: Sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy is considered the “gold standard” of spider vein treatment, and is also considered a very safe treatment option. Sclerotherapy is the non-operative treatment for spider veins using micro-injection technology through very small needles and the FDA-approved solution: Sotradecol®. This solution is injected into the vein, causing the vein to shrink and ultimately disappear.  Sclerotherapy can be used to treat the legs, hands, facial veins and chest veins and usually requires 2-4 treatments to be completely effective. This is known as a very safe procedure.


Sclerotherapy is non-invasive treatment that is done in a clinical setting. A saline or chemical solution is injected directly into the damaged spider vein and closes off the vein. Once the vein is closed, blood supply is cut off to the problem vein and will be naturally absorbed by your body… resulting in diminished appearance of spider veins! In some cases, to completely remove your spider veins, you may require multiple treatments, generally spaced several weeks apart.



Following your Sclerotherapy treatment, you will be able to return to normal activity immediately, but you will be advised to wear compression stockings to allow you a quicker healing process. In the first 48 hours following your procedure, you may experience mild cramping. It is normal to see some bruising and or discoloration around the vein operated on.


Want to learn more about our many procedure options and how they will help change your vein health and life? Call us today to schedule an appointment with Northern Nevada’s best vein surgeon, Dr. Robert Merchant! (775) 329-3100.

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5 Vitamins Crucial for Vein Health

The nutrients we put into our bodies can have a huge impact when keeping our veins in optimal condition. Each vitamin plays an important role in the body, and knowing which foods contain them and which vitamins help promote healthy veins is key to maintaining overall health. Today on the blog we are breaking down the five key vitamins that you should include daily to keep your blood flow healthy.

1. Vitamin B: Vitamin B comes in the form of eight strains of vital vitamins that all attribute to strengthening your blood vessels. It’s important to take vitamin B when pregnant to help prevent various veins during and after pregnancy.

Foods Rich in Vitamin B:

·     Meats (beef, poultry, and fish)

·     Eggs and dairy products

·     Whole grains

·     Dark and leafy vegetables


2. Vitamin E: Vitamin E is great for the circulation in your legs, which is important in preventing varicose and spider veins, but it also helps if you are already experiencing poor circulation in your legs. Vitamin E is also known for helping the appearance of spider veins by decreasing inflammation. Vitamin E helps to promote better circulation.

Foods Rich in Vitamin E:

·     Sunflower seeds

·     Almonds

·     Hazelnuts

·     Pine Nuts

·     Peanuts

·     Pumpkin seeds


3. Vitamin C: This powerful vitamin is known for strengthening the walls in your veins. It’s also a rich source of antioxidants as well as a source that helps heal veins from damage and reduces inflammation, it naturally produces collagen protein to help strengthen and rebuild skin cells.

Foods Rich in Vitamin C:

·     Broccoli

·     Brussel sprouts

·     Green bell peppers

·     Strawberries

·     Oranges



4. Vitamin K: Vitamin K aids in the fluidity of movement in your blood and can also be used as a topical cream to help with swelling and irritated surface veins.

Foods Rich in Vitamin K:

·     Kale

·     Mustard greens

·     Spinach

·     Turnip greens

·     Collards

·     Liver



5. Vitamin D: Vitamin D helps your veins in the act of contracting and relaxing, and helps the overall health and elasticity in your veins which helps prevent clotting.

Foods Rich in Vitamin D:

·     Fatty fish

·     Cheese

·     Egg yolks

·     Fortified cereals and orange juices


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Healthy Vein Breakfast Ideas

It’s the most important meal of the day, so how can we get the incredible benefits of rich nutrient-dense meals?

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.

Light Morning 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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Frequently Asked Questions: VenaSeal

As winter months are the best time to get veins treated, we are decoding the questions and facts about our latest technology used to treat varicose veins: VenaSeal. This minimally invasive closure treatment treats venous reflux disease using only an advanced medical adhesive. Unlike heat-based treatments, VenaSeal does not require an anesthetic and eliminates added risk of burning or nerve injury associated with thermal based procedures.

Here are some of the questions most frequently asked about VenaSeal:

What is VenaSeal?

VenaSeal™ is the newest minimally invasive closure system in the industry that treats venous reflux disease using an advanced medical adhesive.  Specifically, VenaSeal™ is used to directly close the diseased vein segment while minimizing patient discomfort, reducing recovery time and reducing risk of additional post-operative side effects.

What can I expect during the procedure?

Unlike other heat-based treatments, the VenaSeal™ closure system does not require tumescent anesthesia (multiple injections of a dilute local anesthetic), and eliminates the risk of burning or nerve injury associated with thermal based procedures. The VenaSeal adhesive is places into the vein through a catheter and quickly closes the vein, rerouting blood through nearby healthy veins.

Will the loss of the vein a problem?

No, after the VenaSeal treatment, all blood is redirected to the many additional, healthy and normal veins accessible in the lower leg.

What is recovery time like after my procedure?

Most patients experience no down time following the VenaSeal procedure and can return to normal activity immediately. Some cases report only minor post-operative discomfort. As in every case, there are always risks of vein irritation and inflammation, but are rare with VenaSeal.


To find out more information about VenaSeal, call Reno Vein Clinic today to find out if it might be the right solution for you before summer and shorts weather arrive! (775) 329-3100.

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Anti-Inflammatory Snacks for Vein Health

It’s no mystery that eating foods with anti-inflammatory properties is a great healthy habit – and can benefit the health of your veins! Swelling can put pressure on your vascular system, potentially leading to the development of vein issues.

Smarter snacking is an easy solution to incorporate anti-inflammatory foods into your diet! If you’re looking to make a healthy diet change for your vein health, give one of these anti-inflammatory snack recipes a try:




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Ways To Get Moving in Reno This Month!

Are you someone who gets restless from Spring Fever? If you are, don’t worry – there are plenty of opportunities to get out and about in Reno this month! March’s warmer weather and fun activities make it the perfect time to be active, get your blood flowing and strengthen your veins!

Here are some of the fun, active events happening in Reno that you can try this March:

Run the Leprechaun Race!This family-friendly walk/run is great for beginners, and undeniably a great time (with costumes encouraged)!

 Learn Modern Square Dancing!Not only is dancing great for exercise, but it’s a form of activity that’s sure to bring a smile to your face. Grab a loved one and try it out this month!

 Attend A 70s Roller Disco!If you’ve “got the funk,” you’ll love the 70s roller disco happening on March 24!

 Reno Scavenger Hunt!This app-led adventure takes you from landmark to landmark to discover the culture, art and history of Reno.

 Have a healthy, safe and exciting March!

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How to Achieve Your Best Legs by Summer 2020!

It may feel like the cold season will never end, especially in the unpredictable Reno-Tahoe area, but summer is approaching quickly and will be here before you know it! If the thought of wearing shorts and swimsuits this summer makes you nervous due to spider and/or varicose veins – it’s not too late to make a change and see improvement in the appearance of your legs!

Winter and early spring is an ideal time schedule a consultation and receive vein treatment with the Reno Vein Clinic, bringing you one step closer to the beautiful legs you want before your fun-filled summer. Dr. Merchant and the staff at the Reno Vein Clinic are incredibly experienced and have treated all severities of spider and varicose veins. We offer four different treatment options to help you achieve your desired results before the first sunny lake day of 2020. Read about all our treatment options here!

Take the first step towards your best summer legs – If you’ve noticed some of the signs and symptoms of varicose or spider veins, call the Reno Vein Clinic at (775) 329-3100 or visit our website today.

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