Deep Vein Thrombosis
(DVT) is a serious condition wherein a blood clot (thrombosis) forms deep in the veins of your body. It is most commonly found in the lower leg and calf, though it can present itself in other parts of the body. The clot restricts blood flow through these major veins which quickly become built-up with blood, resulting in tissue swelling and intense leg pain. Lake Forest vein doctors know that patients are even more concerned about the dangers of DVT following the recent death of a young woman whose thrombosis went undiagnosed- twice.
- The blood clot can break loose from smooth vein walls, travel through your bloodstream, and lodge in your lungs, blocking blood flow (a.k.a. pulmonary embolism)
- It happens very quickly: a small embolus causes sudden pneumonia-like symptoms such as sharp pain (made worse by breathing in), shortness of breath, and coughing up blood, while a massive embolus can quickly choke off both lungs causing suffocation and sudden death
- Early diagnosis is critical: without it, the clock is ticking
Why Does DVT Happen?
- Some people have thicker blood that is more prone to clotting
- Long journeys by train, plane, or car where movement is restricted slightly increase the risk of having a DVT
- Pregnancy poses a slight increase in risk due to pressure caused by an enlarging womb, vein and muscle dilation from estrogen, and increased blood volume
- The presence of varicose veins or spider veins
- An injury that reduces blood flow to part of your body, such as a broken hip
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- A history of heart attack, stroke, or congestive heart failure
You can lower your risk of
by exercising regularly, maintaining an ideal weight, and quitting smoking. When traveling, drink lots of water, avoid alcohol, and walk around or stretch every two hours.
To discuss DVT or other vein conditions, such as
, contact the experts at Advanced Vein and Laser Centre today. We are the leading vein clinic in the Lake Forest area and we would be happy to discuss our many safe, effective treatment options with you. Say goodbye to leg pain in Lake Forest, by calling 847.367.4040 or
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