What is Deep Vein Disease?
Deep vein disease, or deep vein thrombosis (DVT), is caused when the blood does not move correctly through your vein. This can cause a blood clot in the lower leg, thigh, or pelvis. If left untreated, this can cause serious health conditions. Men and women can develop DVT, particularly if they are not physically active, overweight, spend a lot of time sitting, have a blood-clotting disorder or vascular stenosis, are more prone to blood clots, or have experienced a traumatic injury at some point in their life. It's important to note that if you've had a blood clot before, you are much more likely to experience one again. At Vitality Vein Care, our team of phlebologists can help diagnose and treat DVT in a timely manner so you can get back to enjoying the little things in life. For more information, contact Drs. Aaron Roberts, Daniel Rizzo, or Bradley Hart at our Prosper, TX office.
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What Are the Causes and Symptoms of DVT?
Deep vein disease is caused when the blood moves too slowly through an individual's body, causing the blood cells to clump and clot rather than move upward toward the heart. Most often, DVT develops in the veins that drain the left leg and kidney. Early diagnosis and treatment are key in this disease, and if left untreated, it could cause a pulmonary embolism. Common symptoms could include:
- Swollen vein
- Discoloration where the clot has developed (typically red or blue skin)
- Warmth at the clot area
- Pain when walking, standing, or touching the area
How is Deep Vein Disease Treated?
In some mild cases, blood thinners and compression stockings may be enough to treat deep vein disease. In many cases, however, we may suggest an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter. This ultrasound-guided technology allows us to access the vein and trap and remove the blood clot using an IVC, a cone-shaped filter. This is a minimally invasive procedure that can take between 3 – 4 hours to perform, but it provides a high rate of success.
Deep Vein Diseases FAQ
How many people are affected by deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?
As many as 900,000 people in the U.S. may be affected each year by DVT. It is estimated that 60,000 — 100,000 Americans die of DVT/PE.
Can deep vein thrombosis (DVT) go away on its own?
DVT most commonly occurs in the lower legs and can often go unnoticed. Sometimes it may dissolve on its own; however, DVT also can cause pain and swelling, which may require treatment to avoid serious health conditions like a pulmonary embolism.
What can happen if DVT goes untreated?
Without treatment, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) may lead to a pulmonary embolism which is when a blood clot breaks away and travels into the lungs. This is a health emergency and, in some cases, may be fatal. Pulmonary embolisms restrict the blood flow to the heart causing strain and an enlargement of the heart.
What are the signs of a DVT emergency?
If you are experiencing one or a combination of these symptoms, you should immediately seek medical assistance:
- Sharp pain or tightness in the chest
- Coughing up blood
- Pain in your jaw, arm, back, or shoulder
- Shortness of breath or rapid breathing
- Extreme lightheadedness
- Painful breathing
- Rapid heartbeat
Treat and Prevent Deep Vein Disease
At Vitality Vein Care, Drs. Bradley Hart, Daniel Rizzo, and Aaron Roberts can diagnose and treat vein-related health concerns, such as deep vein disease (or deep vein thrombosis). This condition could cause major complications if left untreated, which is why we suggest seeking out the help of a vein specialist as soon as possible. To schedule a consultation with one of our doctors, contact our Prosper, TX office today.