Posts for: July, 2016
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a condition that can cause severe pain in patients, and if it’s not treated it could be life-threatening. It’s estimated that DVT and similar venous diseases affect over 2.5 million Americans each year. Learn more about deep vein thrombosis from the St. Louis vein specialists at Vein Specialties, including which patients are most at risk for this problem and the screening process.
Understanding Deep Vein Thrombosis
Of the various venous diseases (conditions that affect the veins), deep vein thrombosis is one of the most concerning for doctors. With DVT, a blood clot develops in a vein of the leg or arm and becomes very painful. Because it happens in a deep vein, the clot is more likely to travel to other parts of the body and cause a life-threatening condition.
Who Is At Risk?
There are a number of risk factors to know regarding deep vein thrombosis. It is more common in patients who have the following issues:
- Family history of blood clots or stroke
- Excess weight
- Varicose veins
- Poor mobility or sedentary lifestyle
- Poor diet
- History of smoking
- Past injury to a limb
- Blood disorders
- Taking certain medications that could thicken the blood
Getting Screened by a St. Louis Vein Specialist
It’s recommended that you get screened for deep vein thrombosis if most or all of the preceding risk factors apply. Patients over the age of 40 are also encouraged to get screened for DVT. Excessive pain in a leg or arm is also a reason to see a doctor. The screening process includes a medical questionnaire (including detailed family history and medications), a visual exam of the legs and arms, and an ultrasound of the veins. The entire process can be completed in about 15 minutes.
Schedule a Screening Appointment Today
Make the call to Vein Specialties in St. Louis today to schedule a brief screening appointment for deep vein thrombosis. Contact the office at (314) 993-8233 today to speak with a friendly and helpful staff member.