Vein problems can be superficial, affecting the appearance, or they can occur more deeply inside the body, leading to more serious medical issues. Deep vein thrombosis is a condition that can occur from inactivity or other problems. If left untreated, the condition can lead to a life-threatening event. Vein & Vascular Institute has extensive experience in treating vein problems, including DVT.
What Happens During Deep Vein Thrombosis?
When the blood flows through your body, small clots can sometimes develop when it moves too slowly. These clots can become lodged in a vein deep inside the body, leading to a condition called “deep vein thrombosis.” The individual may experience sudden swelling of an arm or leg. There may be pain or soreness in the area when walking or standing. Veins may seem enlarged, with warmth emanating from the area. The skin may turn a reddish or bluish color. However, sometimes, there are no symptoms at all. The clot can sometimes break off and lodge in the lungs, a condition called “pulmonary embolism,” which is a medical emergency that requires immediate treatment.
Underlying Causes of DVT
A number of factors contribute to the development of deep vein thrombosis. Individuals may have a genetic tendency that facilitates clotting of the blood. Prolonged sitting or bed rest can contribute to the development of the condition. Surgery may increase the risk for clotting problems. Being significantly overweight or obese can make clotting more common. According to the Mayo Clinic, some medical conditions are associated with increased risk for blood clottings, such as heart disease, cancer or inflammatory bowel disease. Smoking increases the risk of deep vein thrombosis and other vein problems. Pregnancy increases the risk, as well as age.
Vein Treatments for DVT
If you are diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis, your doctor may prescribe blood thinners to keep clots from occurring. Medications that break up clots may be needed to restore normal blood flow in the area. Your doctor may recommend compression stockings to prevent swelling and help your blood to flow through extremities more easily. Sometimes, a filter must be inserted into a vein to prevent clots from traveling to the lungs.
Make Vein & Vascular Institute Your Choice For Vein Treatment
Dr. Charles Dietzek uses his extensive training and years of experience to care for his patients in New Jersey. We offer four convenient locations and number of different treatments to ensure your vein health. Call Vein & Vascular Institute today at 856-309-8346 for an appointment to learn more about the options for treatment of DVT and other vein problems.