Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is when a blood clot forms in a deep vein, usually in the lower leg or thigh. This can be life-threatening as the clot can break off, moving through the bloodstream and eventually blocking the blood flow in an artery in the lungs. This condition is known as a pulmonary embolism.
It is possible that a person with deep vein thrombosis may have no symptoms at all. However, there are five common signs too of DVT that could indicate this serious condition:
- Cramping in the calf
- Swelling in the extremities
- Pain in the legs
- Tenderness of the legs
- Redness of the skin
If these symptoms appear, it’s vital to contact a varicose vein specialist immediately. A specialist vein doctor can use advanced duplex ultrasound technology to diagnose deep vein thrombosis. This non-invasive diagnostic technique takes less than 15 minutes and can be completed in the physician’s office.
Some of the risk factors for developing DVT include venous insufficiency in the lower extremities, varicose veins, obesity, and family history among others. Therefore, treating varicose veins and spider veins before more serious complications can occur is advisable.
For those who are experiencing varicose or spider veins and who would like a non-surgical option, there are two highly-effective treatments to consider, endovenous laser ablation and sclerotherapy for varicose veins that may help to prevent more serious complications such as DVT.
These gentle yet effective therapies are typically completed in the office, in just minutes per leg. There’s minimal discomfort, and most treatments are characterized as being virtually painless. Because no scalpels or sutures are utilized in either treatment, there are no long-lasting scars or keloids and with these modern therapies, most people can resume their daily activities immediately after treatment. Additionally, most major health insurance carriers provide coverage for the treatment of vein disease and venous insufficiency when medically necessary.
If you would like more information regarding symptoms of vein disease or laser surgery for varicose veins, please contact the Goldman Vein Institute today at one of our two convenient locations:
Jupiter 561-625-9853 or Wellington 561-790-4550 or visit us at www.goldmanveininstitute.com.
At the Goldman Vein Institute, our mission is to provide our patients with comprehensive care for varicose veins, spider veins, and other conditions caused by venous insufficiency. Our highly-qualified and experienced, board-certified vein specialists, Dr. Goldman and Dr. Varghese-Goldman, combine their extensive knowledge and experience, with the latest innovations in vein treatments.
With our offices in Jupiter and Wellington Florida, the Goldman Vein Institute serves patients from Stuart, Hobe Sound, Tequesta, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, North Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Loxahatchee, Royal Palm Beach, Wellington, Hialeah, Sunny Isles, Bay Harbor, Bal Harbour, Miami Beach, Aventura, Surfside, Hallandale, and Hollywood, and we welcome patients across South Florida to visit our state-of-the-art vein centers, where we provide the latest in vein treatment technology.