What makes blood clots so potentially dangerous is the possibility of breaking loose and traveling to the lungs. If this problem, called pulmonary embolism, occurs, it can be life-threatening. To prevent the need for emergency treatment, be sure to visit your vein doctor to assess your vascular system. If you have symptoms or risk factors for blood clots, our vein doctors will recommend the best vein treatments to help restore your health.
Blood Clot Risk Factors
- Age 65+.
- Recent surgery.
- Varicose veins.
- Birth control pills or hormones.
- Past history of blood clots.
- Family history of blood clots.
- Cancer treatment.
- Broken bone in the lower body; pelvis, hip or leg.
- Bad bruise, accident or body trauma.
- Being bedridden or using a wheelchair much of the time.
- Heart disease.
- Travel with limited body movement.
Preventing a Blood Clot Emergency
The best ways to help avoid blood clots include:
- Keep moving. Don’t stand or sit still for more than 1 hour at any given time. If traveling in a plane, get up and walk around when allowed. If you’re driving or traveling by train, take advantage of regular opportunities to stop and stretch your legs. If you can’t get up for an extended period, do ankle circles, or point and flex your feet and toes, to keep your circulation going strong.
- Wear loose, comfortable, non-binding clothing and shoes.
- Put your feet up, raising your legs 6 inches above your heart occasionally.
- Wear compression stockings, if your doctor prescribes them.
- Limit salt in your diet.
- Don’t cross you legs.
- Raise the bottom of your bed about 6 inches before going to sleep.
- Visit your vein doctor for a quick, painless exam to assess your overall vein health. Even if you have no symptoms, or if you merely notice a varicose vein or two, our vascular surgeon can check for any impending circulatory issues. Depending upon what is found, your vein doctor can recommend minimally-invasive treatments or lifestyle changes to help you maintain your vein health for life.
Serious DVT Clots May Have No Symptoms
The most serious complication of a blood clot is a DVT or deep vein thrombosis. DVT is so dangerous partly because it can have no symptoms at all to warn you of a serious health issue. When symptoms do appear they may include:
- Red skin.
- Swollen area.
- Skin that is hot to the touch and tender.
- If the clot has traveled to the lung, you may have trouble breathing. Call 911 and get emergency treatment.
Get The Best Vein Treatment for Long Term Health
If you’re concerned about your vascular health or the possibility of blood clots, visit our vein center for a quick and painless examination. We can diagnose your condition and pinpoint problems using advanced ultrasound equipment. Contact United Vein Centers, with 9 locations in Florida and Colorado, today.