Blood Clots - Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a condition that occurs when blood clots form in the deep veins in the body. The condition usually occurs in the legs and can bring about swelling or leg pain. DVT is life-threatening as it blocks blood flow. This can lead to critical health issues.

Furthermore, if the blood clot eventually breaks free and moves along your bloodstream, it can become stuck in any of the blood vessels of your lungs. This is referred to as pulmonary embolism (PE). PE is fatal. Hence, if you think you have blood clots in your leg, it is advisable to see the doctor immediately.

Causes of Blood Clots DVT

Some of the most common causes of DVT include:

  • Age: Individuals above 40 years have a higher risk of DVT.

  • Prolonged sitting or traveling for long hours affects blood circulation.

  • Prolonged bed rest after a surgery

  • Pregnancy: Added pressure is put on the leg veins during pregnancy.

  • Obesity: Obese or overweight individuals are prone to DVT.

  • Severe health issues such as cancer, irritable bowel disease, and heart disease can cause blood clots in the leg veins.

  • Inherited blood disorders

  • Vein injuries

  • Smoking: Smoking increases blood thickness.  Thus, making it easier for blood to clot.

  • Hormone replacement therapy

  • Taking birth control pills.

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Symptoms of DVT

At times, the patient may not show any sign of DVT. However, you may notice the following:

  • Feeling severe pain or soreness while walking or standing

  • Persistent leg pain and swelling

  • Enlarged veins

  • Soreness

  • Reddish or bluish skin in the leg

  • The affected area feels unnecessarily warm

The warning signs of a Pulmonary Embolism include:

  • Coughing out blood

  • Sudden shortness of breath

  • Chest pain or discomfort

  • Feeling dizzy or lightheaded

  • Fainting

  • Rapid pulse

Treatment and Prevention

Avoid Prolonged Sitting: Blood clots can occur due to prolonged sitting. Changing positions from time to time can help increase blood circulation.

Move after Your Surgery: Try as much as possible to move your legs as soon as you can after your surgery. Simply lifting your legs will encourage proper blow circulation. This will reduce your chances of having blood clots.

Lifestyle Changes: Certain lifestyle changes such as losing excess weight will help reduce excess pressure on your legs. Also, consider quitting bad habits such as smoking and drinking.

Regular Exercises: Regular exercise such as walking and running can help reduce the risk of blood clots. This is important for people that sit for long hours or travel quite often.

Get Your Blood Clots DVT Diagnosed at Texas Vein Health

Texas Vein Health is known to offer compassionate, top class healthcare services to patients with minor and major vein complaints. Our well-experienced doctor, Dr. Vijay S. Ramanath, will be available to diagnose your condition and recommend the most effective treatment procedure for the blood clots issues you are experiencing.

Contact us today on (972) 378-9560 to know more about our services. Our qualified doctors will be available to speak with you and offer you a personalized treatment program. A fantastic experience awaits you.

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