Blood clotting is your body’s solution to stop excessive bleeding that may occur as a result of an injury or wound. However, certain kinds of blood clots can also be extremely dangerous, especially when they result from blood pooling in your body when it shouldn’t or doesn’t need to. Deep Vein Thrombosis – DVT – occurs when blood clots develop in veins that are located deep within the body, most commonly in the legs. Should one of these clots break loose and travel through the bloodstream to the lungs, it can result in a pulmonary embolism that can be life-threatening. Knowing what causes DVT, how to prevent it and, if you are at risk, how to treat it, may save your life of the life of someone you love.
Anyone who has veins is at risk of developing DVT. However, your risk increases if you have lung disease, cancer, or are undergoing certain treatments for cancer. If you are overweight or lead a sedentary lifestyle – especially if you sit for long periods of time – or have heart disease, you are at a higher risk of developing DVT. Trauma and injury to a deep vein also increases your risk of developing DVT, as does undergoing surgical procedures, especially in the pelvis, hips and legs. Poor cardiovascular health, smoking and being confined to a tight space for long periods of time (for example, an airplane or bus) can increase even a healthy person’s risk of developing DVT, as can a poorly or untreated fracture.
Should you be diagnosed with or experiencing symptoms of DVT, your doctor will recommend the following treatments; when used together they can help you reduce your risk of developing DVT.
DVT can occur anytime and anywhere. If you are at risk of developing DVT or have a family history of vascular problems, it’s important to develop a long-term relationship with a vascular medical professional. In Tampa and Largo, Premier Vein & Vascular are trusted experts in the diagnosis and care of those with conditions that affect the vascular system – including DVT,
poor circulation, and varicose and spider Veins. If you are experiencing symptoms of DVT, to include pain, swelling, warmth, and redness in the leg; or you fall into a risk category, we are here to help. Call Premier Vein & Vascular at 1-888-VEINCARE for a free consultation or request an appointment now. Be sure to ask about our Medispa services – to include targeted body sculpting with truSculpt.