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Winter: The Varicose Vein Season



This time of year we are staying inside more, bundling up and enjoying as much warm sunshine as the weather allows. During winter, we become more and more detached from an active life due to cold weather, this lack of exercise can contribute to various health problems, including varicose veins.


As we know, varicose veins occur when the veins in our legs become dilated, thereby partially losing their ability to channel blood back to the heart. Doctors state that varicose veins most often occur in the winter, which is also the best time to have them treated.  Many times after treatment, compression stockings are recommended to be worn- when it’s cooler outside, longer pants and skirts can hide the stockings.


It is important that you do not go out and purchase compression stockings to treat yourself before consulting a doctor first, this can lead to complications and may not worse symptoms. If you are embarrassed about how your legs look, it is best to schedule an appointment with your doctor to determine the best course of action for your treatment. While it is possible to treat varicose veins with surgery, non-surgical treatments are also available to deal with the physical appearance of abnormal veins. It is important that competent doctors be handling the proper, modern medical equipment in the course of treatment.



Some tips to avoid varicose veins

Try to avoid constant weight fluctuations.

Avoid wearing very tight clothing or high-heeled shoes.

Do not smoke.

Do not stand for extended periods of time.

Exercise regularly. Walk at a fast pace, swim, jog or do Pilates three to four times a week for 30 to 45 minutes. Abstain from tough sports such as weightlifting.

Elevate your legs for 15 minutes every evening. This will relieve existing pain and slow down the progress of varicose veins by decreasing venous insufficiency.

However, for some, varicose veins are unavoidable… as they are a genetic problem.

Varicose veins are generally inherited, but an inconsistent lifestyle in terms of nutrition and exercise can also contribute to varicose vein conditions.

“Varicose veins are usually seen in people with a family history of varicose veins. Women whose mothers have varicose veins are especially at serious risk, says Reno Vein Clinic physician, Dr. Robert Merchant. Some genetic factors include: A family history of varicose veins, pregnancy, being overweight and old age.

Varicose veins do not appear suddenly

Varicose veins’ effects on one’s health are worse than their appearance. Since the abnormal appearance of these veins is usually ignored or not noticed until they become quite bad, the treatment is generally stalled, but early diagnosis is very important. Swollen, twisted and visible veins on the legs, achy or itchy legs, and feeling heat or cramps, especially at night can be significant warnings that you should get your veins treated.

If you have questions or are looking for more information about varicose vein treatments, call us (775) 329-3100.


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Myths Of Varicose Veins… DEBUNKED

Are you aware that there are many myths surrounding vein disease? Some people think it is something you should treat, while others just assume it is something you live with. We’ve spoke with our expert docs, Dr. Robert Merchant and Dr. John Daake to clear up some common myths and address what you need to know.


Myth 1: Varicose veins are not a health problem, just a cosmetic problem.


The Facts:  This is a widespread, and yet false concept. Varicose veins can lead to painful skin ulcerations, dangerous infections, and blood clots. If varicose veins are close to the surface, there is even the possibility they may rupture if jarred, which can lead to heavy bleeding.


Myth 2: Varicose veins are of cosmetic concern, and treatment will not be covered by insurance.


The Facts: Varicose veins are a medical condition, the treatment is usually covered by insurance and Medicare. Spider veins are more of a cosmetic issue and may not be covered.


Myth 3: It’s bad to eliminate veins because you need them for circulation.


The Facts: Varicose veins actually do the opposite and contribute to poor circulation. The blood pools in abnormal veins and can cause sever circulation problems. Damage to the skin in these areas as well as skin ulcerations can result for the poor circulation.


Myth 4: Surgery (vein stripping) is the only effective treatment. Vein stripping is no longer required for treatment of varicose veins.


The Facts: Vein stripping is a totally outdated procedure, and with new techniques, including Radiofrequency Closure and laser treatments, patients have more options when it comes to the treatment of their varicose veins.


If you would like to talk to a vein specialist directly, you can call (775) 329-3100 and schedule an appointment with Reno’s leader in vein health, Dr. Merchant and Dr. Daake. Or, you can visit our website here.

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