Could you be at risk for deep vein thrombosis? Also known as DVT, this term describes a condition in which a blood clot forms in one of the deep veins located in the body. The most common location is in the legs, but it can occur in other areas. When this occurs, it will lead to significant swelling and pain in the leg. However, some people have no symptoms. Nevertheless, this is a condition that often needs treatment and, in most cases, it is best to take steps to treat varicose veins before they become this dangerous to your health. Our Manhattan, New York varicose vein doctor can help you.
What Is Deep Vein Thrombosis?
This condition occurs when a person suffers from a condition in which the blood does not clot properly. It can also occur in people who do not move enough, such as those who are recovering from a surgical procedure or are unable to walk. When this condition occurs, it can create a serious health risk because the blood clots located in these veins can break away. When this happens, the blood clot can travel through the bloodstream and lodge in the lungs. Blocking the blood flow to your heart, lungs, or even your brain is very dangerous and life threatening.
What Are the Symptoms of Deep Vein Thrombosis?
The most common signs of this condition include swelling in the area where the condition is present. It is not as common for swelling to occur in both legs. You may also have pain, which tends to start in the calf and feels like soreness or a cramp. Not everyone has symptoms of this condition. It can become risky if a blood clot forms and you have chest pain, difficulty breathing, lightheadedness, or you begin coughing up blood.
What Can Be Done About Deep Vein Thrombosis?
If you already have this condition, the use of blood thinners and other medications can be used to break up blood clots to reduce the risk of complications. However, those who have varicose veins are at a higher risk of this condition. These individuals should take steps to reduce the risk of DVT by talking to their doctor about the condition. Keep in mind that in our Manhattan, New York office, varicose vein treatment is available and that can help to prevent this condition from occurring and putting you at risk.