Deep vein thrombosis, also known as DVT, is a vein condition that can be quite severe and dangerous if left untreated. While all vein problems should be diagnosed and treated immediately, DVT is especially worrisome.
However, you may wonder how to know if you have deep vein thrombosis. In this guide from Heart of Dixie Vein & Vascular, we review DVT and its treatment. Keep reading to learn more, or contact us today to book an appointment.
What is Deep Vein Thrombosis?
Deep vein thrombosis is caused by a blood clot deep in the veins. The clot forms when veins deeper into the body become injured or impacted by issues with blood flow. These clots can either partially or fully block the vein and inhibit blood flow back to the heart and lungs. Usually, DVT occurs in the legs or pelvis region, but it’s also possible to develop deep vein thrombosis in other parts of the body.
While DVT itself isn’t life-threatening, the blood clot could travel in the vein and end up back in the lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism. Because of this risk, treating deep vein thrombosis is vital before it progresses.
What Causes DVT?
Deep vein thrombosis has many underlying causes, so it’s essential to see a medical professional to determine the cause.
Some of the potential causes of DVT include:
- Genetic predisposition
- Cancer and some cancer treatments
- Limited blood flow because of injury or surgery
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Certain diseases
- Specific medications
Symptoms of Deep Vein Thrombosis
Understanding the symptoms of deep venous thrombosis is key to catching the condition early on. The signs and symptoms of DVT include:
- New onset of swelling in the leg or arm
- Pain or tenderness in the calf, thigh or arm
- Red or discolored skin
- Tender or sudden hardening of your varicose veins
Unfortunately, around a third of people with DVT don’t have any symptoms until it progresses to acute pulmonary embolism. These signs include shortness of breath and chest pain and require emergency assistance.
While it can be challenging to diagnose deep vein thrombosis, it’s possible to get assistance. At Heart of Dixie Vein & Vascular, our vein professionals have experience identifying, diagnosing, and treating DVT.
If you have noticed any of these symptoms or are dealing with other vein issues, making an appointment with a vein and vascular medical expert is the best way to get effective treatment and keep the problem from progressing to a pulmonary embolism.
Contact Heart of Dixie Vein & Vascular today at (435) 215-0469 to schedule an appointment.