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What Is A Blood Clot?

The medical term for a blood clot is thrombus. Blood clotting is a normal process that the body uses to repair injured blood vessels. The damage may be obvious like a cut, or it can be microscopic and completely unnoticeable. However, there are times when a blood clot will form when it is not needed and this can have potentially significant consequences.

Venous thrombosis is when a blood clot occurs in a vein when a person is immobilized and muscles are not contracting to push blood back to the heart. Think of a slow moving river where over time plants and algae begin to grow on the banks. Gradually the small blood clots begin to form along the walls of the vein and eventually they can completely or partially block the vein. Blood clots can also form in an artery (called arterial thrombi) or in the heart.

Venous clots occur most commonly when the body stops moving because of hospitalization or sitting for a long period of time. In these instances the blood can become stagnant in veins and start to clot. Clotting may also occur because of genetics, making a person hypercoagulable and at greater risk for forming clots. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and smoking are all risk factors for arterial clots.

Blood clots may cause life-threatening medical conditions including deep venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, arterial thrombus and atrial fibrillation. With a full patient history and examination, a doctor will be able to explore risk factors and diagnose blood clots. Treatment may require surgery and anti-coagulation medications. Prevention of blood clots involves attention to the risk factors for vascular disease.

If you think you may be at risk for blood clots, talk to your doctor and discuss symptoms and and prevention methods.

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Side Effects of Ambulatory Phlebectomy

Ambulatory Phlebectomy is an outpatient procedure that removes superficial veins through small incisions in the skin. During the procedure, the doctor marks the veins that are going to be treated, injects local anesthesia into the skin and surgically removes the bulging veins, segment by segment, through the small incision. Following the procedure, the patient wears compression stocking for about a week.

Potential side effects of Ambulatory Phlebectomy can include temporary bruising and swelling of the treated areas. You will be able to walk immediately after the surgery, but exercise and heavy lifting will be limited for a few days. Usually the small incisions will heal without sutures and after six to 12 months, vanish. Although every attempt is made to remove the entire varicose vein, there may be small segments of the vein that remain in the skin. Over-the-counter medication, compression stockings and time usually resolve this condition. If it persists, a follow up procedure can be performed.

For more information on conditions and treatments, please visit www.renoveinclinic.com or call us at (775) 329-3100 or toll free (877) 842-7285.

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Winter: The Varicose Vein Season

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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.

 

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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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Revision Skincare Spotlight: Nectifirm®

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Nectifirm® before and after photo.

One of the first places we show signs of again is on the backs of our hands, as well as our neck and décolletage. It is important to not forget to regularly apply sunscreen to these areas, as well as keep them well moisturized. Often we moisturize our face and forget about our neck and décolletage, leaving them vulnerable to the first signs of aging. Using the same moisturizer on your face as your neck and décolletage is only a problem if you use a specialized skin care product meant to target acne or other skin issues- these creams can be harsh on sensitive skin as well as leave the areas dry, which can lead to flaky skin.

 

A great product to moisturize your neck and décolletage properly to prevent the signs of aging, is Nectifirm® by Revision Skincare. Formulated specifically for firming the neck and décolletage, Nectifirm® was recently featured on the view with Dr. Doris Day.

 

The benefits of Nectifirm® are:

-Helps the skin appear more firm and lifted

-Reduces the appearance of rough, crepey skin

-Lessens the look of fine lines and wrinkles

 

This product is great because it is suitable for all skin types, and 96% of patients who tried it experienced a firmer neck. This is a best-selling neck cream, which contains plant extracts, antioxidants and unique biotechnological blends that work cohesively to create a smoother, firmer, younger-looking neck and décolletage area. Formulated for all ages, this cream is perfect to use as a preventative measure, or to help improve areas of concern.

 

To learn more, you can visit the Revision Skincare website here, or visit us in our office to learn more about their products.

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Obesity, Another Cause of Varicose Veins.

The pitfall of being overweight and unhealthy continue… Obesity is a major risk factor for varicose veins as excess fat increases pressure on the vascular system in the legs. This increased pressure combined with low levels of activity is a bad leads to painful and unsightly veins.

Losing weight not only improves overall health, but helps ease and prevent varicose veins. Many people see and feel a dramatic improvement after losing as little as 10-14 pounds. The best way to lose weight effectively and healthily is to exercise regularly and include a sensible diet. Exercise helps with a variety of circulatory problems and eating healthy fuels the body with the right foods to make it work the best. Visit our previous posts on healthy diet

Weight reduction helps to ease varicose veins. Many people see a dramatic improvement after losing as little as 10-14 pounds. Exercise is also a big help for anyone suffering from varicose veins – or other circulatory problems. It helps to pump blood around the body and maintain good circulation. In chronic cases of varicose veins, injection therapy or vascular surgery to remove or divide varicose veins, may be necessary.

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