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Aging and Veins

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.

Here’s why:

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.

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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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Things to Know About High Heels and Spider Veins.

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:

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  1. Save heels for specials occasions.

  2. Limit heel height if possible.

  3. Activate your legs when standing in heels, try calf raises and heel pumps.

  4. Consider wearing compressions stockings with heels.

  5. Bring flat shoes with you to change into when needed…decreasing the actual time you are wearing heels.

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Healthy Habits to Adopt for the New Year

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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)

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Slow down.

    Try to “pace” instead of “race.” Plan ahead and allow enough time to get the most important things done without having to rush.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.
  9. Practice giving back.

    Volunteer your time or spend time helping out a friend. Helping others helps you.

  10. 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.

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Yes! Winter is the Best Time to Treat your Varicose and Spider Veins!

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It’s true! These blustery temperatures in Northern Nevada are the best time to prep your legs and get them ready for Spring and Summer! If you’ve been wanting to rid your legs of troublesome varicose and spider veins, now’s the ideal time to do so!

Varicose vein and spider vein treatments can eliminate veins that create bulging and twisting lines in the lower body – and relieve common symptoms like: pain, aching, fatigue, swelling, leg heaviness, burning, and itching.

Both varicose veins and spider veins are cause by venous insufficiency which is this backward flow of blood that occurs when the tiny valves inside veins which keep the blood flowing in a certain direction, are damaged, and wear out, allowing blood to collect inside the affected area. The result?  Major swelling of the vessels, which can often be seen on the outside of the legs. If unchecked this can result in tissue damage, as well as damage to the surrounding blood vessels. Skin changes, like discoloration and thickening will most often occur and all of this can be extremely painful.

At Reno Vein Clinic, we offer some of the most advanced and state-of-the-art treatments available including Sclerotherapy and Radiofrequency Closure. All are minimally invasive and require minimal downtime and recovery.

Here are a few more reasons why wintertime is truly the best time for varicose and spider vein treatment.
– Wearing seasonally appropriate long pants and tights will hide the mild bruising/swelling that comes from vein treatment.
– It is more comfortable to wear compression stockings and conceal them in the cooler months.
– While wearing winter clothes, affected, treated areas are unlikely to be exposed to sunlight, which can cause discoloration during the time of treatment.
– More time to see the results is provided, since warmer weather is still a few months away.

There really is no better time to get rid if your varicose and spider veins and get your legs looking the way you want them to! Contact us at Reno Vein Clinic for more information! (775) 329-3100.

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6 Things You Need to Know About Spider Veins

There are actually many misconceptions about varicose and spider veins. Here are some of the most common: Screen Shot 2015-12-11 at 4.00.50 PM

1. Crossing your legs doesn’t cause varicose veins. Neither does wearing high heels. The pooling of blood is actually more commonly caused by prolonged standing and/or sitting. Other notable causes: obesity, smoking, lack of exercise and hormonal birth control.

2. They’re not just a cosmetic problem. Probably the most common misconception about varicose veins is that people only get them treated because they’re, well, vain. Though experts agree that varicose veins are most often not a health issue, they shouldn’t be ignored. Varicose veins cause fatigue of the legs, swelling and general discomfort. They can also be a warning of  long term health risks including: deep vein thrombosis, blood clots, poor circulation and leg swelling,.

3. It’s definitely genetic, but don’t be too quick to blame one parent or the other. You can inherit the tendencies from either, or both sides of the family, and it can even skip a generation.

4. Varicose veins and spider veins aren’t the same thing.

Spider veins are:

  • small, thin blue blood vessels that can be seen under the skin
  • usually harmless
  • can be a symptom of poor circulation and varicose vein formation

Varicose veins are:

  • stretched-out veins where blood has pooled
  • thick, “ropey” and protrude out of legs
  • occur when one-way valves don’t work properly

5. There’s no proven way to reduce the appearance (aside from professional treatment), though some patients use makeup to cover up their prominent veins. But you can ease the painful symptoms. One temporary solution: Compression stockings or pantyhose

6. Treatment is better than ever, so that’s good news is that treatment today is quite advanced. There are no scars, no cutting—very minimal recovery.  And it is all offered at Reno Vein Clinic.

Call us at 775-329-3100 to schedule a consultation. Our procedures are done in an office setting,  away from the hospital and with no need  for general anesthesia.

 

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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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