March is deep vein thrombosis (DVT) month, focusing on an often silent but serious vascular condition. This is the perfect time to educate yourself about DVT and consider whether a vein check would be the appropriate choice for you. At Incredible Veins Skin & Body, we offer full screening services for a variety of vascular conditions, as well as a myriad of treatment options to keep you in top health at every stage of life.
DVT is a condition where a blood clot forms in a deep vein of the body, most commonly in the legs. This condition typically develops without any visible symptoms, so you may not even know you have it for some time. While many people with DVT never have to seek treatment, the condition can get worse if left unchecked in some patients. Risk factors for DVT include a blood clotting disorder, injury to the leg, prolonged bed rest due to illness or surgery, or a family history of the disease.
Symptoms of DVT
Many people do not experience any symptoms with DVT. Those that do might encounter pain or swelling of the affected leg. The area around the clot may also feel warm to the touch. People with varicose veins may also be at a higher risk of this condition. If you do see any symptoms of DVT, it is important to have them assessed by a vascular specialist as soon as possible. Treatment is available for DVT and can prevent further complications from occurring.
Dangers of DVT
For most people, DVT will never change or become dangerous. However, in some cases, the blood clot or a portion of it may break loose and travel via the bloodstream to one of the lungs. This can result in a potentially life-threatening condition known as a pulmonary embolism. Symptoms of a pulmonary embolism are shortness of breath, chest pain, and coughing up blood. These symptoms signify a medical emergency and must be treated immediately to ensure a good recovery.
Screening and Treatment
If you are concerned about DVT due to symptoms, a family history or the presence of varicose veins, we can help. At Incredible Veins Skin & Body, we offer advanced screening and treatment options for this condition. Most are minimally-invasive, requiring little or no discomfort or downtime. Treatment provides cosmetic benefits and may reduce your risk of a worsening condition or serious complications.
Make DVT Awareness Month your month to get a full vascular screening. Schedule your appointment at Incredible Veins Skin & Body by calling now at 818-446-2995.