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.
Is it a varicose vein or a spider vein? We get these questions often, as sometimes both of the conditions get confused for one another.
Here’s a simple way to tell:
Spider veins are generally tiny blood vessels just below the skin’s surface that become dilated; because they’re so close to the surface of the skin, they can be seen easily. Clusters of spider veins may appear to be a bruise. Spider veins can form due to heredity, injury, pregnancy, or hormonal changes. These veins are not usually harmful, but in rare cases they can bleed and lead to more serious conditions.
Varicose veins are more painful and more noticeable. If varicose veins are close enough to the surface of the skin, they appear ropey, gnarled, and reddish or purple. Varicose veins can lead to more serious issues such as blood clots, and can signal a higher risk of other circulatory problems.
Luckily, with either of these conditions, there are ways to diminish and eliminate problematic veins. Reno Vein Clinic offers the most advanced, minimally invasive vein procedures. If you suffer from varicose or spider veins, contact Dr. Robert Merchant or Dr. John Daake to determine the best treatment for you! (775) 239-3100 www.renoveinclinic.com
Dr. Robert Merchant, Vascular Surgeon at the Reno Vein Clinic, stopped by Mornings on Fox 11 to talk about how problematic veins can be.
Varicose veins can be extremely painful and detrimental to a person’s overall health, but Dr. Merchant let us in on which new treatments are out there that can really help improve your health.
WATCH this clip to learn more
Vein reflux, also known as venous reflux disease and venous insufficiency, causes blood flow problems in the legs and affects almost 25 million Americans.
The heart pumps blood to the rest of the body and tiny valves act as one-way gates to keep it from flowing backward to the heart. When these valves leak, fail or no longer function, the blood is able to flow backward and this backward flow allows it to pool up in the legs. This pooling in the legs creates large, swollen veins known as varicose veins.
If untreated, vein reflux disease can also cause pain, severe swelling, skin changes, skin ulcers and tissue breakdown.
If you experience any of these symptoms or would like a vascular health check-up, contact the doctors at Reno Vein Clinic at (775) 329-3100 to set up a free consultation or visit www.renoveinclinic.com for more information.