Deep Vein Thrombosis or DVT is when a deep vein, usually in the lower leg, is partially or completely blocked, cutting off blood flow. Should this blood clot release itself and travel through the blood stream, it can cause serious damage to your body and health.
Vein specialists in Wellington confirm that there are two types of DVT:
- acute DVT; and
- chronic DVT.
Acute DVT can be treated while chronic DVT needs constant monitoring and often involves a series of surgeries and treatments.
Deep Vein Thrombosis Symptoms
If you are suffering from DVT, you will experience symptoms which include leg pain as you move as well as abnormal swelling of the leg. You could also feel a sudden pain or cramp in your legs that refuses to subside as well as a sharp pain in your chest or shortness of breath. This is caused by the blockage of the vein disrupting efficient blood flow to your heart. You will also notice a red line over your leg or near varicose veins that causes you discomfort.
Diagnosing Deep Thrombosis
When diagnosing DVT, a Thrombosis specialist in Wellington will have a look at your medical history to determine whether you have had any injuries in the past and what medications you are using. The vein doctor will give you a physical examination to check your heart rate and blood pressure. You will be required to undergo a series of diagnostics tests which include ultrasounds and venography.
Risk Factors for Deep Vein Thrombosis
Should you be immobile due to injury or job requirements, the risk of your developing thrombosis is higher than usual. If you have been in an injury that has harmed one or more of your veins, DVT can become a risk and should be closely monitored. Should you have increased estrogen levels in your body, you are also more likely to suffer from DVT-related issues.
Treatment for Deep Vein Thrombosis
DVT can be treated by injecting or orally taking anticoagulants to thin the blood. This will cause the blood to flow more easily through the body. Clots within the vein will also dissolve easier. Another way of treating DVT is wearing compression stockings to reduce swelling and pain in the legs.
Contact a Deep Vein Thrombosis Specialist
The vein specialists at Goldman Vein Institute in Wellington make it their mission to treat DVT and the results are astounding! All you need to do is ask one of our patients.
Should you require more information or want to make an appointment to have your veins checked, you are welcome to contact us during business hours.
What is Deep Vein Thrombosis?
Deep vein Thrombosis or DVT is when a blood clot forms in your lower leg, cutting off most or all the blood flow to the rest of your body.
How to prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis?
To prevent DVT, you need to exercise regularly, check your blood pressure at least once a year and inform your doctor of any medical history of DVT you know about in your family.
What does Deep Vein Thrombosis look like?
DVT can cause your leg to look very swollen and red, especially in the lower parts of your leg.
What are the signs and symptoms of Deep Vein Thrombosis?
If you have leg pain that does not stop, if you are short of breath and get pains in your chest and if you notice your leg swelling, you may have DVT.
If you have DVT, you need the help of the Goldman Vein Institute’s vein specialists in Wellington to treat your veins.