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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?

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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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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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Fall’s Cooler Temperatures Make for the Best Time of year to Treat Varicose and Spider Veins

If you’ve been putting off treating your varicose veins, the best time to act is now. With summer moving behind us, now is the ideal time of year to say goodbye to unsightly veins.

Since wearing compression stockings is often required for the healing process, many patients are hesitant to undergo procedures during the hot summer months. The good news is that since they can easily be worn under jeans or pants, you can treat your vascular issues without anyone being the wiser.
Another perk to beginning your procedures in the fall? By the time summer rolls around again, your legs will be beach ready! In addition to wearing compression stockings, it’s important to rest up after undergoing vein treatment. As the weather cools down, it makes for an optimal time to do so.
While the cosmetic benefits alone can’t be understated, these treatments also pack a serious health punch. If left untreated, circulation issues can cause relentless cramping, heaviness in the legs and more — including dangerous ulcers, infections and blood clots. Taking the time to address them can be a life changer.Contact Dr. Robert Merchant and Dr. John Daake of the Reno Vein Clinic for a consultation to see if your veins can be treated this autumn.
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What is a Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm?

A thoracic aortic aneurysm, say that five times fast, is a weakened and bulging area in the upper part of the aorta, which is the major vessel that feeds blood to the body from the heart. Depending on the size and growth rate of the aneurysm, treatment may vary from watchful waiting to emergency surgery.

Thoracic aortic aneurysms often grow slowly and without symptoms, making them difficult to detect. Some people may notice pain or tenderness in the abdomen, chest or back. The exact causes of thoracic aortic aneurysms are unknown, but contributing factors include hereditary conditions, connective tissue disease, heart valve failures and problems, and traumatic injury.

While there is not a medicine you can take to prevent these aneurysms, there are risk factors you can be aware of. Risk factors include age, tobacco use, high blood pressure, plaque build up in the arteries and genetic predisposition. Males are also more likely to develop a thoracic aortic aneurysm than women and more Caucasians are diagnosed with these aneurysms than any other race.

Doctors are able to diagnose thoracic aortic aneurysms through chest x-rays, echocardiograms, CT scans and MRA’s. If you think you may have an aortic aneurysm or have experienced any of the symptoms, see your doctor immediately.

For more information about vascular health contact one of the doctors at the Reno Vein Clinic at (775) 329-3100 or visit www.renoveinclinic.com.

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What To Look For When Choosing a Vein Specialist

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Varicose veins:  They can be panful, ugly and lead to even more troublesome ailments such as cramping, restless legs, ulcers and blood clots.

Varicose veins occur when tiny valves regulating the flow of blood in leg veins are either damaged or missing. This causes the blood to slow and pool, and veins become enlarged. For most, varicose veins will not go away on their own, and medical treatments often provide relief.

However, it is imperative to choose a vein specialist who has the experience and is well versed in the latest technology to treat veins. Since lasers have been introduced as a vein treatment, other medical professionals have been offering vein treatment services. It is important to note that you may not get the comprehensive results you want from someone who isn’t board certified in treatment.

Both Dr. Robert Merchant and Dr. John Daake of the Reno Vein Clinic are both board certified the American Board of Phlebology, and are Vascular Surgeons who are dedicated solely to the treatment and correction of vein disorders.

Vein specialists, like Dr. Merchant and Dr. Daake at the Reno Vein Clinic can identify and treat varicose veins and other conditions, such as spider veins. They can also discuss a variety of treatment options and assess your risk for more dangerous and painful vein problems, such as blood clots or ulcers.

In addition to laser therapy, a vein specialist may recommend treatments and procedures such as an ultrasounds and sclerotherapy. Medical technology and understanding of vein disorders continues to progress. A board certified vein specialist is most likely to be up to date on the latest options.

Women are at greatest risk for developing varicose veins, but men get them, as well. Heredity, age and pregnancy also contribute to the development of varicose veins. Varicose veins may go away after pregnancy but, in other cases, they probably will not get better on their own.

To find a qualified vein specialist near you, these websites are a good place to start:

In addition to looking online for a qualified vein specialist, you can interview local specialists, ask a doctor for references, ask friends who have been treated for varicose veins or get a recommendation from your primary physician.

 

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Mornings On Fox Segment: Varicose veins and your health

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

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Vein Reflux

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.

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What to ask your Doctor Before Treatment

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There are often times many things we do without reading the fine print. We are all guilty of signing documents without pouring over every word, but, it is important to ask your doctor before any procedure as many questions as you can. There are no “dumb” questions. By asking questions, you are educating yourself on the procedure and what to expect, as well as getting realistic expectations. Talking with your doctor can also make you feel more comfortable and take the fear of the unknown out before you actually have any procedure. There are some important questions everyone should ask before a procedure though. Questions that can vet out bad doctors from good ones, as well as important safety questions.

Some questions you should ask:

Where did you go to school?

How long have you been practicing?

Where did you get you ____ certification/s?

How many of ____ procedures have you performed?

Am I a good candidate for this procedure, and why?

How long will the ____ procedure take?

How long is my recovery period going to be?

Is there anything important I should know to avoid or do?

What if there are complications?

And, do you have before and after photos I can use as a reference to see your work?

Asking these questions will not only help you, but they will show your doctor that you have done your research and you are exploring all of your options before you commit to anything. This is important, because you have to remember, you are hiring the doctor to perform a service for you, you should be aware of everything that entails, as well as have a realistic expectation for the results you wish to achieve. Never feel intimidated by your doctor, they are there to help you and want you to feel as comfortable as possible about anything you choose to have done. Remember, ask lots of questions, do your research on doctors, and have realistic expectations. Procedures don’t have to be avoided because of fear!

 

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