Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) can occur if a thrombus — or blood clot — develops in a person’s deep veins, usually in their legs. Blood clots in the legs can form if someone does not move for long periods — like during traveling or bed rest. These clots do not show noticeable symptoms initially but can cause complications if left untreated.
DVT can become serious when blood clots break loose, getting stuck in the lungs and blocking blood flow, causing a pulmonary embolism.
We now know that a blood clot can cause DVT, but what can cause a blood clot? Anything that stops blood from flowing correctly can form a blood clot. This can include damage to a vein from surgery or inflammation from an infection or injury.
The following are risk factors that can make an individual more susceptible to developing DVT:
While DVT can happen without noticeable symptoms, some common DVT symptoms can include:
If you begin developing pulmonary embolism symptoms, contact your doctor immediately. The warning signs of a pulmonary embolism include:
The goal of treatment for DVT is to stop the blood clot from growing, prevent the clot from traveling to the lungs, reduce the chance of another clot developing and minimize the risk of other complications. Most often, treatment for DVT is nonsurgical, using anticoagulants, compression stockings, serial ultrasounds or thrombolytics. As a surgical treatment, the doctor may recommend surgery to insert a vena cava filter into the heart.
Take action for DVT before it becomes a severe complication. For more information on our nonsurgical and surgical treatment options, contact Texas Vein & Wellness Institute today.
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