What is Deep Vein Thrombosis?
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a condition that causes blood clots to form in veins deeper from the skin’s surface. DVT blood clots are found most often in a patient’s legs.
Deep vein thrombosis can be hard to diagnose as it sometimes will not exhibit any symptoms. Known symptoms can include pain and swelling in the affected area sometimes accompanied by heat, redness, or discolored skin. Initially the patient may experience a strained, pulling feeling in their calf if the blood clots are located in the leg.
However DVT blood clots can appear in other areas with poor blood circulation as well. DVT can become fatal when the blood clot makes its way to the patient’s lungs (a condition called pulmonary embolism). With this potential danger, seeking out DVT treatment becomes even more important.
If you’re suffering from deep vein thrombosis due to varicose veins in St. George, UT or surrounding southern Utah areas, call Heart of Dixie Vein and Vascular Center for DVT treatment near you.
Risk Factors of Deep Vein Thrombosis
Several risk factors are associated with deep vein thrombosis, but patients with the following conditions may be at increased risk for developing DVT:
- Past or current varicose veins
- Taking medications that thicken blood
- Family history of blood clotting disorders or conditions
- Recent vein surgery or vein treatment
- Gender (more common in females)
- Sedentary lifestyle or frequent, long intervals without movement
Left alone, DVT can cause further chronic complications and increase your risk of blood clots reaching your lungs or other organs. Stop blood clots from recurring and help prevent your increased chance of these complications with DVT treatment or varicose vein thrombosis treatment at the Heart of Dixie Vein and Vascular Center in St. George, UT and other southern Utah locations.
Receiving varicose vein treatment such as radiofrequency ablation is one way to help prevent DVT. Varicose veins are not always the cause of deep vein thrombosis, but such vascular insufficiency sometimes results in thrombosed varicose veins. Such blood clots in varicose veins like with other DVT cases can become potentially dangerous should blood clots move to vital organs. Treating varicose veins then is one way to help treat blood clots due to varicose veins, or varicose vein thrombosis.
Heart of Dixie Vein and Vascular Center offers several, non-invasive varicose vein treatments. Unlike other vein clinics, we don’t provide laser treatment for varicose veins. Rather, we offer residents of St. George and southern Utah other treatments that are less painful and less invasive, but still just as (if not more) effective for removing varicose veins.
Blood thinners, or anticoagulants, are commonly prescribed to help reduce blood clots and symptoms of deep vein thrombosis as well.
Compression stockings or compression socks can also help prevent varicose vein thrombosis and reduce swelling. Such compression socks and stockings are especially important to wear after undergoing varicose vein treatment to help reduce your risk of blood clotting.
Heart of Dixie Vein and Vascular Center is proud to supply such compression socks and stockings from the leading compression manufacturer. Choose your custom-fitted socks or stockings for all day leg pain relief and DVT treatment.
Come visit us at our centers in Kanab, Cedar City, and St. George, UT. Set up an appointment with our deep vein thrombosis specialists today to discuss which DVT treatment is right for you and treating your blood clots in varicose veins. Or call to schedule a custom fitting for your compression socks/stockings.