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Preventing Deep Vein Thrombosis

by April Maguire

Deep vein thrombosis may not be the most talked about medical issue, but it's certainly one that deserves your attention. In the most basic sense, a deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, is a blood clot that forms inside of a vein deep within your body, oftentimes the legs. Typically, these clots are accompanied by pain, swelling, redness or a sense of warmth near the area of the clot. Alarmingly, however, roughly one third of cases go completely undiagnosed because they don't show typical symptoms.

So what are the dangers associated with deep vein thrombosis? And perhaps more importantly, how can you stop them from forming?

The Perils of DVT

As previously noted, DTVs can bring about a number of unpleasant symptoms. The most common is pain or swelling, which limit mobility and diminish your activity level. However, the dangers of a deep vein thrombosis don't end there.

In fact, the greatest risk with blood clots is that they can break away from their source and travel through the blood stream. Eventually, this clot could block blood flow to a major vein or artery, leading to a pulmonary embolism, which is potentially fatal. But even if the DVT doesn't kill you, the blockage of blood and reduced oxygen levels could seriously damage your internal organs.

Who is at Risk?

While a deep vein thrombosis can happen to anyone, certain groups run a higher risk. For example, if you've recently undergone surgery you could be at an increased risk for developing a clot. Similarly, there is a greater risk among women who are pregnant or who take birth control pills. Also, other medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart disease or a recent stroke can all increase the chances of forming a clot.

Additionally, lifestyle choices are a huge factor. People who are sedentary and don't get enough exercise run a much higher risk of developing a DVT. Moreover, people who have untreated varicose veins are in more danger, as these troublesome veins allow blood to pool, giving it a chance to coagulate and form a clot.

How Can DTV Be Prevented?

In general, the best way to keep a deep vein thrombosis from forming is to make sure your circulatory system is functioning properly. For starters, that means that you should exercise regularly to improve blood flow throughout your veins. Even a simple twenty-minute walk every day can help keep your system flowing smoothing. Also, you shouldn't allow medical issues that can hamper blood flow, such as high blood pressure or heart disease, to go untreated.

If you're worried that you may have a deep vein thrombosis, then schedule an appointment with your doctor. Given the complications that can arise, the sooner you get a DVT removed, the better for your long-term health.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about vein treatment, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!

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