Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a condition in which a blood clot has formed in a vein that is deep in the leg. Half the people who have this condition do not have any symptoms. The main symptoms are swelling and pain in the affected leg, reddish-colored skin on the affected leg and a warm feeling in the affected leg. It may develop in people who sit for long periods without a break or in people who have a heredity propensity to the disease. Certain medical conditions that cause blood to clot may also lead to DVT.
Deep vein thrombosis can develop into the life-threatening complication of a pulmonary embolism. This happens when a blood clot or part of a blood clot breaks away from the leg and travels to the lungs, causing blockage of a major artery, which can damage the lungs. There are not always symptoms of a pulmonary embolism, but if you feel any of the following symptoms, you should contact a doctor as soon as possible. The most common symptoms are shortness of breath, chest pain that increases when you cough or take a deep breath and when pink foamy mucus comes up when you cough.
When you visit our office, we may ask about your medical history and symptoms and conduct a complete physical examination. Deep vein thrombosis can oftentimes be difficult to detect since many people have no previous symptoms. You may be at higher risk of developing DVT if you:
• Have had DVT before, as around 30 percent of people who had DVT will have it again
• Have family members who have had DVT
• Are 40 years old or more
• Have taken bed rest or sit for long periods
• Are pregnant or just gave birth
• Are obese
• Have blood clotting issues
• Have an injured vein
If you do have deep vein thrombosis, the good news is our team at Elite Vein & Hair Restoration wants to help you. We have a number of treatments available for DVT at our offices in Dearborn, Canton and Sterling Heights. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!