DVT… Could you be at risk?

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot forms in a deep vein, usually in the lower limbs, leading to either partially or completely blocked circulation. DVT is a common but serious condition, which occurs in around two million Americans each year.

DVT is a sneaky condition as only about half of the people with DVT experience symptoms. Symptoms may be subtle and difficult to detect, but if ignored can result in health complications such as pulmonary embolism, the obstruction of the pulmonary artery leading to the lungs, and even death if not diagnosed and treated effectively.

Although symptoms are limited, they may include pain, tenderness, swelling discoloration of the effected area or skin that is warm to the touch. The leading causes of DVT are injury, immobility, surgery or illness, including vein disease and clotting disorders. Most victims of DVT are 60-years-old or older; however, it can strike anyone.

To minimize pain and discomfort from DVT you can elevate your legs, wear compression stockings, avoid long periods of immobility and apply heat to reduce swelling. Treatment for DVT includes medications prescribed by your doctor and in more severe cases, surgery to remove blood clots.

If you show signs or symptoms of DVT talk to one of the doctors at Reno Vein Clinic.

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