Many people are familiar with the term “deep vein thrombosis” (DVT) but don’t realize the full implications of the condition. Since DVT occurs when a blood clot forms in at least one of the deep veins in the body, it is a serious health issue that should always be treated immediately.
What Are the Signs of DVT?
Like many serious conditions, DVT can actually occur without any symptoms at all. Symptoms that do occur usually include swelling, warmth, and pain in the affected leg. The pain might resemble a cramping or soreness in the calf region. Unfortunately, the blood clot that forms from DVT can potentially lead to a pulmonary embolism, which is far easier to recognize with symptoms like unexplained shortness of breath, chest pain, rapid pulse, and dizziness. As soon as you experience any of these symptoms, it’s time to seek medical attention.
Why Does DVT Occur?
Deep vein thrombosis can be caused by numerous different factors that prevent the blood from circulating and clotting normally throughout the body. Certain risk factors make this more likely, including smoking, being overweight, older age, sitting still for long periods of time, and genetics.
Treating DVT Effectively
When deep vein thrombosis is identified, treatment methods are used to prevent the clot from growing or breaking. Blood thinners are often used to decrease the blood’s ability to clot inappropriately and minimize the chances of DVT occurring again in the future. Compression stockings can also provide enough pressure on the legs to reduce the chances of blood pooling and clotting in the legs. In addition, there are many minimally invasive vascular procedures that can be done to prevent the occurrence of DVT.
Visiting your peripheral cardiovascular specialist on a regular basis will also help to identify any warning signs of deep vein thrombosis. Manatee Cardiovascular Wellness Institute in Bradenton, Florida offers comprehensive cardiovascular care and wellness programs to help you regain and maintain your health for years to come. Call (941) 744-1200 to make your first appointment today.