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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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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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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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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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The Difference Between Varicose and Spider Veins

Is it a varicose vein or a spider vein? We get these questions often, as sometimes both of the conditions get confused for one another.

Here’s a simple way to tell:

Spider Veins:

Spider veins are generally tiny blood vessels just below the skin’s surface that become dilated; because they’re so close to the surface of the skin, they can be seen easily.  Clusters of spider veins may appear to be a bruise.  Spider veins can form due to heredity, injury, pregnancy, or hormonal changes.  These veins are not usually harmful, but in rare cases they can bleed and lead to more serious conditions.

Varicose Veins:

Varicose veins are more painful and more noticeable.  If varicose veins are close enough to the surface of the skin, they appear ropey, gnarled, and reddish or purple.  Varicose veins can lead to more serious issues such as blood clots, and can signal a higher risk of other circulatory problems.

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Luckily, with either of these conditions, there are ways to diminish and eliminate problematic veins. Reno Vein Clinic offers the most advanced, minimally invasive vein procedures. If you suffer from varicose or spider veins, contact Dr. Robert Merchant or Dr. John Daake to determine the best treatment for you! (775) 239-3100 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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