What is Deep Vein Thrombosis?
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot builds within a deep vein. A DVT is considered dangerous because it can break loose and travel through the bloodstream becoming lodged in an artery in your lungs, heart or your brain. This blockage of the artery prevents blood flow and oxygen from getting to these organs, which can lead to permanent damage or death.
Am I at risk? What is the connection between DVT and Pregnancy?
Compared to when you are not pregnant, you’re risk of developing DVT is a lot higher. Pregnant women are five times more likely to develop deep vein thrombosis than non-pregnant women. There are a few main reasons for this:
- Higher estrogen levels making blood more likely to clot
- Slower blood flow due to an expanding uterus can place excess pressure on your veins, leading to blood clots
- Being less physically active due to fatigue or exercise restrictions can result in blood clotting
What are the signs and symptoms of DVT?
The classic sign for deep vein thrombosis is an inability to place the heel on the ground because of a sharp pain. Other common symptoms are leg pain in Grayslake women, and swelling or tenderness in the calf or thigh area.
How can I prevent DVT?
Since DVT’s are the result of poor blood circulation and factors that cause the blood to clot, staying active can be a powerful prevention tool. As can stretch breaks after long periods of sitting, drinking plenty of water and elevating the legs. Vein doctors in Grayslake may also recommend compression devices or stockings to their patients as an added precaution against DVT.
If you have concerns regarding DVT or another venous irregularity such as varicose veins in Grayslake don’t hesitate to
contact Advanced Vein and Laser Centre
today! Our specialists provide every patient with one-on-one attention and personalized minimally invasive treatment options to cure venous disease and return you to optimal health. Please call us at (847) 367-4040 to schedule an appointment.