Don’t “Laugh Off” Deep Vein ThrombosisIf you have been experiencing pain, swelling, redness, hardness, or overall discomfort in the lower part of one of your legs, consider this cause for immediate concern. While these symptoms don’t necessarily always lead to proof of a blood clot or deep vein thrombosis, they are the typical symptoms associated with this condition. Up ahead, we’ll go over exactly what DVT or deep vein thrombosis is, the complications that may ensue from blood clots (DVT) that are left unattended to, and other important information related to this serious medical condition.
What Is DVT?DVT stands for deep vein thrombosis. This is a condition that occurs when a blood clot forms within one of the veins deep within a leg. DVT usually happens within the legs or at least somewhere on the lower half of the body. Still, DVT can also happen elsewhere, such as in the veins of the arm.
Complications of DVTOne of the biggest complications associated with DVT is the development of a pulmonary embolism or PE. This occurs when a blood clot travels from its original location and becomes lodged in the lungs. Other complications of deep vein thrombosis include chronic venous insufficiency and post-thrombotic syndrome, as well as others.
DVT Risk FactorsCertain risk factors are associated with the development of deep vein thrombosis:
- Being over the age of 40
- A family history of blood clots
- A personal medical history of blood clots
- Being immobile, on bedrest, or in an overall sedentary position for a long period of time
- Being obese
- Taking certain medications such as estrogen and birth control pills
- Being pregnant
- Having just given birth
Why DVT Leads to Pulmonary EmbolismsOften, deep vein thrombosis alone does not cause too many noticeable symptoms. However, DVT can lead to a pulmonary embolism because the original blood clot can become dislodged within the vein and move north toward the lungs. If the blood clot ends up in an artery of the lung, this can lead to a pulmonary embolism or PE. Symptoms of a pulmonary embolism are immediately and outstandingly noticeable. Patients will have shortness of breath, heart palpitations, an irregular heartbeat, sweating, low blood pressure, and other symptoms that require immediate medical attention. If you think you or someone you know is experiencing a pulmonary embolism, call 911 right away.
Treatment Options for Varicose Veins at Tri-City VeinFortunately, there are a range of treatment options for deep vein thrombosis and varicose veins — two conditions that often go hand-in-hand. If you are interested in learning more about deep vein thrombosis, vascular conditions, varicose veins, and other vascular conditions, our vein doctors at Tri-City Vein can help. We provide many vein treatment options for all types of patients, including those who have certain risk factors for developing blood clots and those who are currently struggling with other related vascular conditions. ...
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