Q: Why do varicose veins and spider veins usually appear in the legs?
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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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:
For years, we’ve been so lucky to call The Biggest Little City our home! Since 1999 Dr. Robert Merchant and Dr. John Daake have been providing Reno, Sparks, Tahoe, Carson and all of Northern Nevada with the most advanced vein treatments. In fact, did you know that Reno Vein Clinic’s vascular surgeons were the first west of the Mississippi to perform Radiofrequency Closure, the modern alternative to vein stripping?!
Last fall, we updated our office location and we are thrilled to be in a more convenient and state-of-the-art office!
If you haven’t visited our new space, we encourage you to stop by!
The Reno Vein Clinic Address is:
10685 Professional Circle, Suite B
Reno, NV 89521
(775)-329-3100 or Toll Free (877)-482-7285
As always, if you or someone you know is troubled by painful varicose or spider veins, we will provide a free consultation to discuss the best and most effective treatment!
Need motivation to get off the couch and get your heart pumping? Taking part in easy, aerobic exercises every day can help you live a longer, healthier life. Simple routines such as walking, jogging, biking or swimming affects your heart, lungs and blood flow. Still need motivation to get moving? Courtesy of the Mayo Clinic, we dug up some of our favorite reasons to get active and start working towards a long and healthy life!
- Build Stamina: Initially, aerobic exercising may make you tired in the short term. But over a longer period of time, you will enjoy increased stamina and energy and reduced fatigue.
- Ward off Illnesses: Exercising helps activate your immune system, leaving you less susceptible to viral illnesses such as a cold or flu.
- Reduce Health Risks: One of the ultimate benefits, aerobic exercises can help reduce your risk of many health conditions including diabetes, obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, strokes and certain cancers. Exercising can also reduce the chance of subsequent heart attacks.
- Keep Arteries Clear: Aerobic exercise boosts your high-density lipoprotein (or “good” cholesterol) and helps lower your low-density lipoprotein (or “bad” cholesterol). The result includes less buildup of plaque in your arteries.
- Strengthen Your Heart: A stronger heart doesn’t need to beat as fast. A stronger heart also pumps blood more effectively to all parts in your body. Aerobic exercises are a great way to work towards a healthier heart.
- Boost Your Mood: Aerobic exercising can pull you out of a slump, reduce tension and promote relaxation.
At times, wearing compression hosiery can be difficult or uncomfortable, but wearing them in extremely important to maintain circulation and vascular health. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when compression stockings are a must:
- If you want to wear sandals, look for an open toed or footless stocking in a color that most closely resembles your skin tone, this will allow you to blend in and still wear the open-toed shoes you love!
- If you enjoy exercising outdoors, consider using athletic compression socks. Professional athletes often use compression leggings because they offer exceptional support, reduce muscle fatigue and are made from a sweat-wicking material that helps you stay cool.
- If putting your stockings on is difficult, consider using donning gloves and baby powder, which can help you slide on your compression stockings more easily.