Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) happens when a thrombus (blood clot) forms in a vein that is located deep inside the body. The most common place for DVT to happen is in the legs.
While DVT can cause minor symptoms or no symptoms at all, some patients experience pain or swelling in the leg.
Some people are more likely to develop DVT than others because of existing medical conditions. Below are some examples of things that can make a person more prone to DVT:
One of the problems in diagnosing DVT is that many people develop the condition without any symptoms. This usually makes the condition go undetected for a very long time.
Individuals who do begin to experience DVT symptoms may experience the following issues:
Sometimes, DVT can cause a life-threatening complication called a pulmonary embolism. If you experience any of the symptoms of DVT listed above, you should see a doctor.
However, if you experience any of the following warning symptoms of a pulmonary embolism, you should seek medical attention immediately:
While it is impossible to completely prevent DVT from ever happening, there are steps you can take to decrease your chance of developing it. They include:
Premier Vein & Vascular offers three locations to serve you in Tampa, Largo, and Lakeland. Our team excels in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of vascular and vein conditions, including deep vein thrombosis and blood clots.
If these types of issues are causing you physical or emotional distress, call us today to make an appointment at (888) VEINCARE (834-6227) or request a consultation online. Let us explain how we can help you resolve the problem quickly and painlessly.