What do you know about deep vein thrombosis?

?????????????????????????????????????????????Deep vein thrombosis or DVT is a serious health condition that causes blood clots to form in the lower extremities. It can also develop throughout the body and can be fatal if left untreated. Many of our patients ask about developing DVT symptoms. Watch for signs like:

  • swelling
  • cramping in the legs
  • foot or ankle pain
  • areas of the skin that feel warmer than others
  • a red or bluish color patch of skin

DVT is a serious medical condition. The reason it can be so dangerous is that there is a potential for the clot to travel up the body to the heart or lungs. This can cause a blockage that can lead to severe health conditions like a pulmonary embolism or heart attack. Patients who develop DVT are treated with medication such as blood thinners and, in severe cases, require surgery to remove the blockage.

One of the misconceptions about many of the vein treatments we offer is that they put you at risk of developing blood clots. Fortunately, this is rare. The majority of patients who seek treatment for varicose or spider veins improve their odds of avoiding severe blood clots by removing problematic vein issues before they get worse. The recovery process for vein treatment for varicose and spider veins is quick and easy. Many of our patients find that they can return to regular activity within a few days, provided they follow the aftercare instructions correctly and wear compression stockings.

If you are concerned about developing DVT, there are some risk factors you should be aware of including:

  • an injury that has caused vein damage
  • being overweight
  • family history of DVT
  • use of birth control or hormone therapy
  • smoking
  • sedentary lifestyle
  • a history of blood clotting disorders
  • a diagnosis of cancer, heart failure or IBS

If you are concerned about DVT, take preventative measures like losing weight, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and using compression stockings if necessary. Make sure to follow up with your doctor if you are at risk of developing blood clots so they can monitor any warning signs.

It’s rare for our patients to develop severe complications after a procedure. We have years of experience and monitor our patient’s health closely to ensure that they stay healthy for years to come. If you have questions or think you may be a risk of developing blood clots after a procedure, talk to us. We are here to help you feel at ease and get the care you need for your vein issues.

5 ways to keep your legs cool (even if you don’t have air conditioning)

Middle-aged woman enjoying thermal bath in thalassotherapy centerThe summer heat can be brutal. If you don’t have air conditioning, it can be hard to cool down. When you suffer from vein issues like varicose or spider veins, the heat can make your symptoms worse. Your legs may swell and ache more. It can be hard to find relief, especially if you usually wear compression stockings to ease your symptoms. Compression stockings will make you feel even hotter.

If you aren’t able to beat the heat in some fresh air conditioning, try a few of these suggestions to cool your body off naturally. They may not be as effective, but it’s better than nothing!

  1. Drink plenty of water. Insufficient hydration not only makes you hotter, but it can also lead to sunstroke (if you are outdoors) or dehydration. Both of these conditions can be dangerous if left untreated. Try to drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water each day. Cool it off with ice cubes for refreshing relief. If you struggle to drink water, try infusing your water with fruit or herbs. Here are some great recipes to try!
  2. Eat plenty of fresh food. Plant-based foods contain more water than processed foods, so eating fresh fruit and vegetables will help cool you down. Some fruits like watermelon even help keep you hydrated. Avoid spicy foods. They’ll just make you feel hotter!
  3. Wear loose clothing (and less of it). Tight clothing keeps all your body heat trapped. Avoid tight, synthetic fabrics. Instead, opt for breathable, natural fabrics like cotton or linen. Don’t be afraid to show some skin, either. The less you wear, the cooler you will feel. If you’re nervous about showing your legs off in the summer heat, our vein treatments can remove unsightly vein clusters so you’ll feel confident in your skin.
  4. Change your workout routine. Avoiding the heat during the hottest part of the day is a great way to cool down. Avoid hanging outside or exercising during mid-day, instead opt for early morning or late evening outdoor workouts when the sun isn’t so high in the sky.
  5. Go swimming. There is nothing as refreshing as jumping into the water on a hot summer day. It’s the perfect way to cool off. Get your suit on and head to your nearest swimming hole. Your body will thank you.

The symptoms of vein disorders are often worse in the heat. That’s why it’s a great idea to book your treatments now. Recovery takes only a few days, and you’ll feel relief from your symptoms right away. You’ll be so happy with your results that you’ll want to show off your beautiful legs! Book an appointment today.