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Ask Dr. Merchant: Why do varicose veins and spider veins usually appear in the legs?

Q: Why do varicose veins and spider veins usually appear in the legs?

Dr. Merchant

A: “The force of gravity, the pressure of body weight, and the task of carrying blood from the bottom of the body up to the heart make legs the primary location for varicose and spider veins. Compared with other veins in the body, leg veins have the toughest job of carrying blood back to the heart. They endure the most pressure. This pressure can be stronger than the veins’ one-way valves”- Dr. Merchant




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“Ask the Doctor” with Dr. Merchant


Dr. Merchant was featured on “Ask the Doctor” with Wendy Damonte, airing on Monday, September 30, 2013. Dr. Merchant discussed his new technique, which is an updated version of the procedure Radiofrequency Closure.┬áIt has now been patented and is considered the modern alternative to vein stripping for varicose veins. Click below to watch the full interview.


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