Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) can be a serious medical condition if it’s left to progress. Without treatment, the blood clot harboring in your deep-set leg vein could travel to your lungs and cause a pulmonary embolism.
Although DVT and its subsequent effects are significant, the condition can go months without any symptoms. Sometimes, the condition can be asymptomatic, only to be detected when it’s too late. Even if you feel healthy, having your veins evaluated by Advanced Vein & Laser Centre will identify any abnormalities and treat them before they worsen.
Without symptoms, you may feel concerned about whether you have DVT, at which point, you will have certain signs to look out for. If you notice any particular symptoms, it’s vital to schedule an examination.
Are You at Risk?
DVT occurs when a blood clot forms in your deeper veins. A clot will appear due to faulty vein valves that fail to push blood back up to your heart. As the blood remains stuck in your vein, it begins to pool, eventually forming a clot that has the potential to travel.
Contrary to popular belief, DVT can appear at any age as an adult, especially if you partake in certain lifestyle habits. Those who sit or stand for the majority of the day risk DVT and other vein concerns. Pregnancy, birth control, hormone replacement, obesity and family history can also contribute to the condition.
Any number of these factors can put you at risk for DVT, but not all will create symptoms that prompt you to consult your physician. It’s important to keep an eye out for signs of DVT on your own or simply understand your risk and seek the opinion of your doctor.
Should You Be Worried?
There are some common symptoms associated with DVT, including swelling in the leg, tenderness when you walk or place pressure on your leg, as well as warmth in the affected area or skin discoloration.
Typically, DVT occurs in one leg alone and is noticeable when a leg looks swollen compared to the other; however, there are many instances where you will not experience any symptoms at all until the clot begins to travel. If you are experiencing shortness of breath, sharp pain while you breathe or a rapid heartbeat, you could be suffering from a more serious condition that warrants immediate medical attention.
If you are not noticing any symptoms of DVT, but have experienced one or more risk factors that would contribute to the disease, then an evaluation will be beneficial. A vein specialist will be able to examine your veins, assess their severity and recommend the appropriate level of treatment. They may also suggest lifestyle changes that can prevent DVT from occurring in the future.
Rather than worrying about whether or not you have DVT, schedule a consultation with Advanced Vein & Laser Centre to learn more about the treatment options and preventative methods available. Call 847-367-4040 to get started on your evaluation and find more information about ways to keep DVT at bay.