One of the more dangerous vein conditions that can develop in your legs is something called deep vein thrombosis. This condition is caused when a blood clot develops in your limbs. Deep vein thrombosis can become life-threatening if the blood clot breaks free from the vein and travels up to the heart, causing a pulmonary embolism that has the potential to be fatal. The risk of deep vein thrombosis can be minimized by avoiding risk factors such as immobility and injuries. However, injuries can occur without warning, and some might have a genetic predisposition to deep vein thrombosis. Here are the warning signs of deep vein thrombosis you need to watch out for:
Pain in the Leg
One of the earliest signs of deep vein thrombosis is a developing pain in the leg without reason. This pain typically starts in your calf and can feel like a cramp or sore leg.
Discoloration on the Leg
Another warning sign of deep vein thrombosis is discoloration of the leg. This is caused by the blood clot building up and becoming noticeable under the skin.
Warmth in the Leg
The final warning sign of deep vein thrombosis is a feeling of warmth in the impacted leg. Once again, patients will feel these symptoms typically without warning.
After the Warning Signs
If you begin to notice these warning signs, immediately seek medical help. As mentioned, deep vein thrombosis can become life threatening if left untreated. Inheriting genetics that allow blood clotting to occur more frequently can increase your risk of deep vein thrombosis. While this alone will not cause deep vein thrombosis, combined with other risk factors such as injuries and obesity it greatly increases your risk. Consult with your primary physician if you have a family history of deep vein thrombosis.
Treating Deep Vein Thrombosis at the Laser Vein Center
If you are at risk for deep vein thrombosis, make sure you seek treatment immediately. Dr. Wright and his team of highly-trained technicians have years of experience in treating a variety of vein conditions, including deep vein thrombosis. Vein health is one of the most important aspects of our health that is often overlooked. Let the professionals take care of the rest for you at the Laser Vein Center. Call for your free consultation today and see what treatment options are available for you.