Our veins located in the deep tissue of our legs transfer more blood back to the heart than other parts of the body. These larger veins, like surface veins, are susceptible to blood clots. However, bloods clots deep in our leg veins require immediate medical attention and can be severely dangerous if not treated right away. These clots, also known as deep vein thrombosis, can be fatal if the clot dislodges from where it is stuck and blocks blood flow to our lungs. A variety of treatments are available for those who have developed this unfortunate condition. Here is some information to consider if you believe you have developed a deep vein thrombosis.
Causes of Deep Vein Thrombosis
There are several causes of deep vein thrombosis, with many of them being preventable. Many individuals who are inactive are especially prone to developing this condition, as the blood will sit in the legs longer without circulating back to the heart. This can also be seen in individuals who work office jobs at a desk 40 hours a week. Various preventative strategies can be used to prevent deep vein thrombosis, such as a healthy diet and maintaining a rigorous exercise routine. Deep vein thrombosis can also be inherited through our genetics; individuals with a family history of deep vein thrombosis have a higher risk of developing it. Finally, deep vein thrombosis can also be developed through injury. Blood clots can form when there is damage received by leg veins. This can be the result of surgery or other damaging occurrences.
Signs of Deep Vein Thrombosis
Symptoms typically present themselves when you have developed deep vein thrombosis. Such symptoms can include swelling and redness on the legs in addition to them feeling warm. The lower and upper parts of the leg can start to feel tender and cause various aches. These symptoms are usually overt when a large clot is present, but when the blood clot is small, the symptoms may not be so easy to identify or even occur at all.
Tests for Deep Vein Thrombosis
Diagnosing deep vein thrombosis can be easily done with an ultrasound technique that scans for possible blood clots. As stated earlier, it is critical for deep vein thrombosis be diagnosed early so treatment can start right away. Luckily, Dr. Thomas Wright and his team of professionals at the Laser Vein Center are highly trained in various treatment options for deep vein thrombosis. Give us a call to set up your consultation today.