Varicose veins greatly increase the risk of all vein disease, such as pulmonary embolism, peripheral artery disease, and deep vein thrombosis. The latter of which we will discuss right now: it’s signs, symptoms, and treatments you will all be familiar with by the end of this.
There are things you can do to treat and avoid deep vein thrombosis, so let’s dive into it to prepare yourself.
What is Deep Vein Thrombosis?
When blood is carried through your veins slower than usual, it can cause a buildup of blood cells. This clumps is known as a blood clot. When these clots form within veins deep inside your body, it is known as deep vein thrombosis.
It’s most common in areas like your lower leg, pelvis, or thighs, but it isn’t uncommon to wind up in other places as well.
Although DVT is often painful or visible, you may not always show clear signs or symptoms. Sometimes it can be so deep within your body that you may never know you have it. But typically, symptoms look a little like this:
- Swelling in the arms or legs
- Warmth in the affected area
- Varicose veins or enlarged veins
- Red or blue skin
- Pain and/or discomfort deep in your skin
In rare cases, DVT can lead to a pulmonary embolism, which can be fatal. An embolism happens when a blood clot breaks free and moves into the blood vessels of your lungs, where it can impede the lungs or even stop the blood flow to your lungs.
Treatment of Deep Vein Thrombosis
The best way to avoid deep vein thrombosis is by taking care of your varicose veins as soon as you see signs of them developing. That’s where Las Vegas Vein Center comes in. We’ll be able to take care of any of your vein disease issues. If you are worried about DVT, talk to us about treatment options.