Do I Have Deep Vein Thrombosis?
While some vein conditions have more obvious signs, only 50% of patients with deep vein thrombosis (DVT) experienced symptoms. Unfortunately, this can lead to a delay in treatment. Keep reading to learn more about this venous condition and how our specialists at Albert Vein Institute can help properly diagnose and treat your condition.
Signs and Risk Factors of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
DVT is a serious medical condition that occurs when a blood clot forms inside of a deep vein, typically located on the lower leg or thigh. This condition can happen to any patient at any age and can lead to other severe illnesses, such as pulmonary embolism (sudden blockage in a lung artery) if left untreated.
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Common symptoms include:
- Swelling in your foot, legs, or ankle typically on one side.
- Cramping or pain in your leg near the calf, your foot, or ankle.
- The skin near the area that feels warm or turns white or blue in color.
While anyone can be at risk for developing DVT, risk factors include:
- Patients with slowed blood flow.
- Patients with undiagnosed excessive clotting conditions.
- Patients with a family history of DVT or pulmonary embolisms.
- Traumatic injury or demobilization.
- Knee, hip, and foot surgical procedures where tissue injury is prominent.
In some instances, patients with varicose veins may experience episodes where their veins clot, causing phlebitis. If this condition progresses, it can cause deep vein thrombosis. Typically with patients who experience DVT following surgery, the pain of the condition is masked by post-operative soreness. Additionally, patients who wear a brace after their operation may not be able to visibly see any signs of DVT.
DVT Treatment in Lone Tree and Colorado Springs
Though a serious condition, DVT is completely treatable if caught early. It’s important to visit your doctor regularly for a routine physical and visit a vein specialist if you suspect you may have symptoms related to this condition.
A venous ultrasound can be used to spot and diagnose DVT. If diagnosed, your vein specialist will prescribe blood thinners or thrombolytic drugs to decrease your chances of a blood clot, as well as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents, antibiotics, or steroids for symptomatic relief.
Deep Vein Thrombosis Treatment in Colorado Springs
If you’ve experienced trauma or have undergone surgery on your legs, ankles, or feet, it’s important to know these warning signs so you can keep an eye on your progress post-op. For proper diagnosis and treatment, please contact Dr. Albert at Albert Vein Institute for a consultation.