Vein disease is a serious health concern that can be life-threatening. Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) results when a blood clot forms in a deep vein in your body, typically in the thighs or lower legs. It can cause pain and swelling but can also occur without symptoms. Left untreated, it can lead to more serious medical conditions.
DVT is related to various medical conditions that impact blood clotting. Additionally, it can be brought on by inactivity for long periods of time resulting from injury or surgery, particularly when a person is bed-ridden.
While it is possible to experience DVT without noticeable symptoms, traditional signs you might experience include leg pain, often presenting as calf cramping. Swelling in the impacted leg; usually swelling would not be present in both legs. Other signs include feeling heat in the leg or having red or discolored skin on the leg.
Prevention of DVT
Measures to prevent DVT include compression stockings, anti-clotting medication and electrostimulation. Left untreated, it can escalate into Post-Thrombotic Syndrome.
Risks for Deep Vein Thrombosis
According to the Mayo Clinic, there are many risks that may put you at risk of developing deep vein thrombosis. And the more risks you have, the greater the potential for developing DVT. Here is a list of risks to be aware of:
- An inherited blood clotting disorder
- Prolonged bed rest during hospital stay or injury
- Surgery or injury to veins
- Hormone Replacement Therapy or oral contraceptives
- Obesity or being overweight
- Heart failure
- Bowel disease
- Over 60
- Sitting for long periods, without leg movement
- Personal or family history of DVT or pulmonary embolism
Warning Signs of Pulmonary Embolism
Here are the primary warning signs and symptoms of pulmonary embolism – which is a life-threatening complication of deep vein thrombosis. Should you experience symptoms of a pulmonary embolism, seek immediate medical attention.
- Chest pain or discomfort that escalates with coughing or taking deep breaths
- Coughing up blood
- Fainting, or feeling light-headed or dizzy
- Sudden onset of shortness of breath
- A rapid pulse
Abella Health is a unique practice that provides primary care with a specialization in cardiac and vein care. Dr. Manuel Abella is an Interventional Cardiologist and Vein Specialist who has been practicing in the Miami area for 23 years. We offer personalized medicine featuring physician and nurse practitioner accessibility 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We offer full-service vein care and provide vascular labs with arterial and venous testing. Contact us today to learn more about how we can meet your specific medical needs.