Deep vein thrombosis is a condition in which a blood clot forms in a deep vein somewhere in the body. It can be painful and should be cause for immediate concern because it could become potentially life threatening. In cases where it’s untreated, the blood clot could potentially dislodge from its location (usually, the leg or thigh) and travel to the lungs. The exact number of people who suffer from this condition isn’t known, but it’s estimated that around 900,000 people develop deep vein thrombosis each year.
What are some of the causes of deep vein thrombosis?
It can be difficult to identify the exact cause of deep vein thrombosis, and there may not be one particular cause for any one person. However, it could be helpful to understand the different potential causes of deep vein thrombosis that could contribute to your condition.
- Family history — Those who have a family history of deep vein thrombosis are more likely to also develop this condition.
- Sedentary lifestyle — Those who live a less active lifestyle have a higher risk of a blood clot in their leg veins. If you frequently travel and frequently remain in bed or in a chair, you could be at higher risk.
- Smoking — People who smoke have a significantly higher chance of developing deep vein thrombosis. Smoking can seriously damage the lining of the veins.
Contact United Vein & Vascular Centers for help determining the cause of your deep vein thrombosis
You don’t have to continue worrying about symptoms of vein conditions that are making your life more difficult. Our vein specialists at United Vein & Vascular Centers are here to help you. Each of our team members understands the uncertainty and discomfort that vein problems can lead to, and that’s why they’re committed to helping you better understand your condition, your symptoms and the options you can use to address them.
Our specialists can also help you find the most effective treatment option for your vein condition and include it in a comprehensive treatment plan that’s designed to:
- Reduce your symptoms.
- Improve your ability to walk and perform other normal daily tasks.
- Increase your overall quality of life.
Contact us today to learn more about your vein condition and the ways it can be treated or to set up an initial appointment.