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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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7 Quick Tips For Healthier Veins

7 Tips For Healthier Veins
As we know, varicose veins are swollen, bulging veins — usually in the legs. They can make standing and other activities painful.

Although not all cases are preventable, the womenshealth.gov Web site suggests how to help thwart varicose veins:

  • Apply sunscreen to your skin daily.
  • Get regular exercise to help make your legs stronger and improve circulation. Concentrate on activities that benefit the legs.
  • Maintain a healthy body weight.
  • Move around frequently, avoiding long periods of sitting or standing.
  • Don’t wear clothes that are too tight. Also avoid high-heeled shoes.
  • Wear elastic support stockings.
  • Eat more fiber to help prevent constipation, which can trigger varicose veins. Also, cut back on salt in your diet.

Unfortunately, not all varicose veins can be prevented. Luckily, Reno Vein Clinic offers the most advanced vein treatments available. NOW is the perfect time to see if a vein treatment is right for you. You’ll be ready to bare your legs for the warmer months!

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Compression Stockings… And how they help with problematic veins

At Reno Vein Clinic, we recommend that you wear stockings throughout the day to relieve problematic vein symptoms.

  • For very mild symptoms, you may want to start out using regular support panty hose, knee highs or knee socks. You may find that these help swelling and aching considerably. They are also less expensive than the special compression stockings a doctor prescribes, and they are available at most department stores or online.\
  • For more serious symptoms, you may want to buy special compression stockings from a medical supply store (with a doctor’s prescription), where you can be fitted for them.

Compression Stockings gently squeeze your legs to move blood up your legs. This helps prevent leg swelling and, to a lesser extent, blood clots. If you have varicose veins, spider veins, or have just had surgery, we may advise you  to use compression stockings.

For more questions about compression stockings and post vein treatment care, call our office for a consultation (775) 329-3100.


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Why Pregnancy Can Cause Varicose Veins.

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:

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The Reno Vein Clinic Office

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

Click here for the Directions Map

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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!

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Walk and Jog Your Way to a Longer, Healthier Life

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.

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3 Quick Tips: Compression Stockings

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.


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