When a blood clot develops in a vein that is deep inside the body, the person may have deep vein thrombosis (DVT). A blood clot is a small, solid clump of blood in a gelatinous state that sticks to the side of the vein and continues to get larger. Blood clots may form in any vein in the body, but they most often form in the legs.
People who are over 50 years of age are the most at-risk for developing DVT, but there are other risk factors, including:
• An injury that damages a vein, such as a bone fracture
• Obesity that puts too much pressure on the veins in the pelvis and legs
• The insertion of a catheter in a vein
• A family history of DVT
• Birth control pills or hormone therapy
• Long hours of being seated at work or on a plane
There are several treatment options available for deep vein thrombosis, and when you consult with our specialist, the best treatment for your unique condition may be recommended. It’s important to understand that there is no one-size-fits-all treatment for deep vein thrombosis. The right treatment for you will depend on a variety of factors.
A person with deep vein thrombosis may not have symptoms. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute reports that about 50 percent of people who have DVT or are developing it don’t have any symptoms. However, when the symptoms do occur, they may include:
• Cramps and pain in the calf of the leg with the clot
• Swelling in the ankle or foot of the leg with the clot
• Unexplained severe pain in the ankle or foot
• Unexplained sensation of heat on some parts of the skin
• Change of color on the skin of the affected leg to reddish, bluish or pale
In most cases, deep vein thrombosis can be treated and the clot removed safely. If you have any concern that you may be developing the disease, you should contact our specialist at Elite Vein & Hair Restoration as soon as possible to reduce the threat and have good venous health again. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our office in Dearborn or Canton!