Deep Vein Thrombosis

Overview:

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a serious condition that occurs when a blood clot forms in a vein, usually in your legs. DVT can be dangerous because it can cause the blood clots to break up and move to your lungs, which will cause a blockage in the flood flow (pulmonary embolism).

DVT can be caused by a variety of reasons, such as your age, blood pressure, medication, and lifestyle. You could have a higher risk of developing DVT if you are 60 years of age or older, have high blood pressure, take birth control pills, or if you have a sedentary lifestyle. When you remain sedentary for too long—if you do not move for a long time— such as after an accident, surgery, or sitting for long periods of time, it can lead to developing blood clots.

Symptoms:

Deep vein thrombosis signs and symptoms can include:  

  • Pain in your leg(s) – can feel like cramping or soreness
  • Swelling of the leg(s)
  • Red or discolored skin on the leg(s)

Sometimes, however, deep vein thrombosis can occur without any noticeable symptoms.

When to see a doctor:

Life threatening complications may occur if DVT is left untreated. Therefore, contact your doctor if you are experiencing any signs or symptoms of deep vein thrombosis.

Your doctor may recommend different treatment options depending on the severity of the condition. Treatment options may include blood thinners, thrombolysis, or surgery.

For any questions about DVT, treatment options, or to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors call 225-442-9663.

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