deep vein thrombosis
(DVT) occurs when a blood clot forms within a deep vein, obstructing blood flow. DVT’s most commonly affect veins in the lower extremities, these larger veins go through the muscles of the calf and thighs, they are not the veins you can see just below the skin nor are they the same as varicose veins. Although, deep vein thrombosis can be a complication of varicose veins and venous insufficiency.
The following factors play a major role in the formation of a blood clot within the deep veins:
- The rate of blood flow through the veins
- The thickness of the blood
- Qualities of the vein wall (conditions such as vasculitis or inflammation of the vein wall)
- The formation of varicose veins or damage to vein wall that causes it to become narrowed
The term thrombosis refers to the formation of a blood clot (thrombus) inside a vein, which blocks blood flow through the circulatory system. When a vein is injured, either through an actual leg injury or varicose vein development, valves within the vein begin to malfunction; blood thickens and begins to form a blood clot. This is the body’s natural response in repairing and preventing blood loss, when an injury occurs. A true medical emergency can take place if the body mistakes a varicose vein’s weakened walls for an injury: this could initiate the formation of a clot. This clot, stemming from varicose veins formed deep within the leg’s muscles, has the potential to create a life-threatening emergency. If the clot breaks loose and flows freely through the bloodstream, it can become lodged in the arteries of the heart or lungs, blocking blood flow to these crucial organs.
Roughly, half of the population affect by a DVT are asymptomatic. When symptoms do arise, they can include leg pain, tenderness, swelling, warmth, redness, or discoloration. These signs and symptoms, while useful in determining the likelihood of a DVT, are not sufficient enough to make a self- diagnosis. A visit to a qualified vein clinic in Chicago is recommended.
If you are experiencing any of the signs indicative of DVT development or
, you are urged to
contact the Advanced Vein and Laser Centre
, recognized as one of the top vein clinics in Chicago for diagnosis and treatment of these conditions. Please call 847.367.4040 to set-up an appointment with one of our highly qualified vein doctors today.