Get the Facts about DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis)

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DVTDVT or Deep Vein Thrombosis happens when a blood clot forms within a deep leg vein.
This condition can become life-threatening when a clot breaks off from where it has formed and travels through your circulatory system to other areas of the body such as the lungs, resulting in the potentially fatal condition known as a pulmonary embolism, the heart which can result in a heart attack, or the brain resulting in a possible stroke.

Causes of DVT

DVT, like many other medical conditions, can be caused by a mix of genetics and other risk factors that are within the patient’s control. Those with a family history of DVT are at a heightened risk, especially if they are over the age of 60. Any trauma to the area can also create a higher blood clot risk.

What you can control includes your weight, your activity level, and if you choose to smoke cigarettes. Other factors such as pregnancy, are not necessarily within a patient’s control but must be closely monitored. Other non-related conditions can also increase a person’s risk including heart disease, cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, HIV, and certain blood-clotting disorders.

What are the Symptoms of DVT?

Roughly 1/2 of people who experience DVT present symptoms at all. Those who do can find it difficult to differentiate the symptoms of DVT with similar symptoms of much less serious conditions. They will notice pain, swelling, discomfort, warmth, redness, discoloration, and enlarged surface veins. An ultrasound will be performed if DVT is suspected as well as other imaging tests.

Can I prevent DVT?

For those at only a moderate risk, physicians typically recommend the use of compression stockings and elevation of the legs. If you travel frequently or have a job that requires sitting for long periods of time you should make a special effort to take frequent walking breaks and perform simple leg exercises throughout the day.

For more severe cases, medication may be prescribed in the form of anti-coagulants and blood-thinners, these both can help to prevent clots from forming or growing larger.

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms and feel that you may be at risk for deep vein thrombosis, especially if you have a family history of DVT or a personal history of any associated conditions, then please contact Dr. Zuzga of the West Florida Vein Center for an appointment. (727) 712-3233

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