You may have heard the term deep vein thrombosis (DVT) used by individuals either in personal conversations or on television and were not sure what it implied. Further, you may have even wondered if the condition was dangerous, even if you have a basic understanding of what it is.
Deep vein thrombosis happens when there is a blood clot in a vein deep within the body. Blood clots can form in the veins that are closer to the skin. In these instances, the danger is not nearly as great as when a clot forms within a vein that is deeper. While the superficial clots seldom cause serious problems, clots within the deeper veins require immediate medical care.
The danger associated with deep vein thrombosis is that the clots can break loose and travel to the lungs, where they can block the flow of blood. This condition is called a pulmonary embolism. It can be very serious, even life-threatening.
Other problems that can be caused by deep vein thrombosis include aching and swelling of the leg. The condition can also cause the leg to change colors. Additional symptoms include a feeling of warmness when you touch the leg, and it can look red when compared to the other leg. It may also feel tender when you squeeze it or when you get up to walk around. Pain associated with deep vein thrombosis can get worse over time or even become constant.
Inactivity puts a person at a higher risk for developing deep vein thrombosis. People who are bedridden due to a disabling condition or are recovering from something like a surgical procedure have a greater likelihood of developing the condition.
If you are having symptoms or otherwise think you could have deep vein thrombosis, you should seek help from the team at Peripheral Vascular Associates. We can detect or confirm the presence of a clot and then provide same-day treatment. Other than inactivity, conditions that increase the risk of deep vein thrombosis include injuries to the leg and heredity. If you have one or more of these risk factors, you should bring it to the attention of our team so that we can monitor you more closely for the development of deep vein thrombosis.
With locations in San Antonio, Boerne, Corpus Christi, Del Rio, Floresville, Hondo, Jourdanton, New Braunfels and Uvalde, Peripheral Vascular Associates is here for you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more about your treatment options.