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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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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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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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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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Men and Veins

Women are more prone to varicose and spider veins because of hormonal changes including pregnancy. However, many of the 80 million Americans who suffer from vein issues are men. Symptoms usually include leg pain, itching, leg fatigue, swelling and heaviness. Many men who have varicose veins most commonly complain of itching and cramping in their legs.

Some of the major factors leading to varicose veins in men are heredity, age, occupations that require standing for long periods of time and trauma to legs. As men age, their risk for varicose veins increase because there is a loss of tissue tone, muscle mass and weakening of the venous walls.

Men can also develop spider veins. Once spider veins develop, there is no way for the body to cure them. Men who have spider veins often do not consider them to be a cosmetic problem because the veins are covered by hair growth on their legs. However, if a man is experiencing symptoms or wants to have spider veins treated, sclerotherapy is an effective treatment.

It is important that both men and women are aware of the risks associated with varicose veins and spider veins, so they can take steps to prevent them from developing and seek treatment if necessary.

To learn more, please visit www.renoveinclinic.com or call us at (775) 329-3100 or toll free (877) 842-7285.

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5 Exercises to Improve your circulation in 10 minutes

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In only 10 minutes you can improve blood circulation in your legs by doing these five exercises. Consider doing them several times a day, making sure to rest in between.

10-Minute Walk:

Walk briskly for 10 minutes, making sure to take long strides to stretch and extend the leg muscles. If you sit most of the day at work, consider taking the stairs instead of the elevator or walking a few laps around the halls.

Leg Lifts:

Lie flat on your back and raise both of your legs straight up. Hold them in place for two minutes; and then slowly lower them back to the floor. Rest for a few seconds and then repeat the leg lifts for two more minutes. Continue until you have completed five two-minute sets.

Circular Leg Exercises:

Sit on the edge of a table or bench that is high enough for your legs to dangle but not touch the floor. Make circular motions with both legs going in the same direction for two minutes. Rest a few seconds and then reverse direction for two more minutes. Continue until you have done five two-minute circular leg exercises, and then lie flat on your back once more to rest.

Toe and Ankle Flexes:

While sitting, bend and flex your foot and ankles with your toes stretched out and pointed upwards to work leg muscles and improve blood circulation. Do several repetitions of this for 10 minutes. This exercise is especially effective when done throughout the day while sitting in an office chair, on a couch or on the side of a bed.

Poolside Leg Exercise:

Sit on the side of a pool with only your legs in the water. Briskly, move your legs back and forth and up and down in the water for two minutes at a time with a few seconds rest in between. Do five two-minute sets and then remove your legs from the water. Stand and walk around a bit. Repeat the exercise as desired.

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