Deep vein thrombosis, DVT, is a condition that occurs when a blood clot forms in a deep vein. A blood clot is a clump of blood that forms into a solid state. This can cause pain and swelling. If the clot breaks free, it can move through your bloodstream to other parts of your body. In rare cases, it can even cut off blood flow to your lungs. Deep vein blood clots are often found in your thigh or lower leg, but they can also develop in other areas of your body. DVT can lead to major health problems and can sometime be fatal.
The symptoms for DVT often mimic those of varicose veins. Since DVT can become life threatening you should see a doctor if you experience any symptoms. If you’re over 60, smoke, and are overweight, or you sit for long periods of time, your risk for the condition is higher. Symptoms of deep vein thrombosis include:
- Swelling in one or both legs
- Pain or tenderness in one or both legs, even if it’s just when you walk or stand
- Warm skin on your leg
- Red or discolored skin on your legs
- Visible veins
- Tired legs
Since DVT is hard to detect it’s good to know what puts you at risk so you can avoid getting it. Things that can put you at risk include:
- Previously having a blood clot. About 30% of people who’ve had DVT will have it again.
- Having a family history of DVT.
- DVT increases with your age and is more common in people who are 50 years and older.
- Having an injury that damages your veins.
- Taking birth control.
It is important to seek treatment for DVT if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms. The surgeons at The Vein Centre are all board certified vascular surgeons and have 100 years of combined vein expertise. Contact The Vein Centre, today. 615-269-9007.