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:
- 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
- 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.