Aging is inevitable and unfortunately, it’s also a common cause of varicose veins… in fact, varicose veins affect many as one out of every two people over the age of 50.
As we age, all the blood vessels in the body tend to become less flexible and less elastic. This means that your veins could expand, but not necessarily return to their natural shape. This expansion can cause the veins to become damaged or not close properly, which then results in abnormal backward flow through the open valves.
This is more commonly known as venous reflux, which causes blood to collect, leaving veins expanded and resulting into those unwanted varicose and spider veins. If untreated, these varicose and spider veins can lead to swelling, leg ulcers and changes in the skin surrounding the lower leg and ankle.
Luckily there are minimally invasive treatments available to help treat and prevent problematic varicose veins.
Dr. Robert Merchant and Dr. John Daake of the Reno Vein Clinic can provide a consolation to determine the best treatment for you.
Visit www.renoveinclinic.com or call 329-3100.
For most women, the fashionable trend of wearing heels is unavoidable. However, it’s important to know that these fashion choices can pose some serious problems for one’s veins.
Venous blood flow is key for overall vein health, and the majority of venous blood flow is activated by walking, which activates the foot and calf pump to propel blood up the leg veins When wearing high heels, the natural walking motion is changed and the weight is now shifted to the fore foot, causing the calf muscles to remain contracted. This results in a decrease in the filling of the foot and calf veins, causing the vein to be less efficient. This deficiency causes a pooling of venous blood in the leg… resulting in spider and varicose veins.
If you must wear heels, here’s some tips from the Reno Vein Clinic:
Save heels for specials occasions.
Limit heel height if possible.
Activate your legs when standing in heels, try calf raises and heel pumps.
Consider wearing compressions stockings with heels.
Bring flat shoes with you to change into when needed…decreasing the actual time you are wearing heels.
It’s a new year! Meaning that it can be the ideal time to adopt healthier habits into your ongoing routine.
Healthy habits can protect you from the harmful effects of stress. Here are 10 positive healthy habits you may want to develop. (Via The American Heart Association)
Talk with family and friends.
A daily dose of friendship is great medicine. Call or writer friends and family to share your feelings, hopes and joys and ask them to share theirs.
Engage in daily physical activity.
Regular physical activity can relieve mental and physical tension. Physically active adults have lower risk of depression and loss of mental functioning. Physical activity can be a great source of pleasure, too. Try walking, swimming, biking or dancing every day.
Embrace the things you are able to change.
While we may not be able to do some of the things we once enjoyed, we are never too old to learn a new skill, work toward a goal, or love and help others.
Remember to laugh.
Laughter makes us feel good. Don’t be afraid to laugh out loud at a joke, a funny movie or a comic strip, even when we’re alone.
Give up the bad habits.
Too much alcohol, cigarettes or caffeine can increase blood pressure. If you smoke, decide to quit now. If you do drink alcohol, do so in moderation.
Try to “pace” instead of “race.” Plan ahead and allow enough time to get the most important things done without having to rush.
Get enough sleep.
Try to get six to eight hours of sleep each night. If you can’t sleep, take steps to help reduce stress and depression. Physical activity also may also improve sleep and quality of life in general.
- Use “to do” lists to help you focus on your most important tasks. Approach big tasks one step at a time. For example, start by organizing just one part of your life — your car, desk, kitchen, closet, cupboard or drawer.
Practice giving back.
Volunteer your time or spend time helping out a friend. Helping others helps you.
Try not to worry.
The world won’t end if your grass isn’t mowed or your kitchen isn’t cleaned. You may need to do these things, but right now might not be the right time.
Blood travels through veins to get from your cells back to your heart. When blood is in the veins of your legs, the contraction of your leg muscles helps the blood flow against gravity to the heart. During pregnancy, the volume of blood in your body increases to support the baby, but blood flow between the legs and pelvis decreases. This causes pressure to build up in the veins, forcing them to expand outward. The result is large, often visible, varicose veins. Watch this video for the full scoop on pregnancy and varicose veins, via:
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.
Since wearing compression stockings is often required for the healing process, many patients are hesitant to undergo procedures during the hot summer months. The good news is that since they can easily be worn under jeans or pants, you can treat your vascular issues without anyone being the wiser.
Another perk to beginning your procedures in the fall? By the time summer rolls around again, your legs will be beach ready! In addition to wearing compression stockings, it’s important to rest up after undergoing vein treatment. As the weather cools down, it makes for an optimal time to do so.
While the cosmetic benefits alone can’t be understated, these treatments also pack a serious health punch. If left untreated, circulation issues can cause relentless cramping, heaviness in the legs and more — including dangerous ulcers, infections and blood clots. Taking the time to address them can be a life changer.Contact Dr. Robert Merchant and Dr. John Daake of the Reno Vein Clinic for a consultation to see if your veins can be treated this autumn.