Deep vein thrombosis is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition. Learning to recognize these symptoms is important, as prompt treatment is necessary to prevent complications.
What Is Deep Vein Thrombosis?
Deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, is a condition that occurs when a blood clot develops deep within the vein. This condition is most common in the legs. Deep vein thrombosis may be more likely to develop if you have certain medical problems, such as conditions that affect the way your blood clots. You may also be at a greater risk for developing a DVT if you spend a lot of time immobile, such as after an accident or a surgical procedure. However, DVT can develop in people who don’t have any of these risk factors.
Symptoms of DVT
In some cases, deep vein thrombosis may develop without causing any symptoms. However, if symptoms do occur, they may include:
- Swelling in the affected leg.
- Pain in the leg.
- A feeling of warmth in the leg.
- Red or discolored skin near the clot.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of DVT, you should seek medical treatment as soon as possible. An experienced doctor will be able to determine whether you have a DVT and help you decide what treatment would be best for your condition.
The treatment your vein doctor will recommend for DVT depends on the specifics of your condition. If your clot is mild or if other treatments aren’t appropriate, your doctor may recommend treatment with compression. For more serious cases, your doctor may recommend blood thinners or clot-busting medications. In other cases, the doctor may recommend placing a filter into a large vein in your abdomen to prevent clots from breaking loose and traveling to your lungs. Regardless of the treatment recommended, your doctor will monitor your clot until it resolves.
To learn more about DVT vein treatments, please contact United Vein Centers today.