The words “life threatening” can raise alarm in even the most stoic of people. Knowing the signs and symptoms of deep vein thrombosis, a potentially fatal condition, could save your life one day. If you are over 40 and are at risk for deep vein thrombosis. Dr. Norman Bein at Vein Specialities in St. Louis, Mo. wants to help.
What is deep vein thrombosis?
Deep vein thrombosis is a condition where a blood clot, or thrombosis, forms deep within a vein, usually in the leg. What makes this condition life threatening, however, is when those clots break free and travel through the vein. When this happens, the clot could become lodged, causing the blood flow to slow to a stop.
How do I know if I am at risk?
Symptoms of deep vein thrombosis include pain, swelling and redness around the area of the clot, usually in the calf. A severe ache in that area is also common. The skin around the clot area may also feel warmer than the skin around it. There are many factors that play into making a person more susceptible to deep vein thrombosis. The most common risk factors include:
- family history of blood clots or deep vein thrombosis
- smoking, whether currently or formerly
- changes in hormones, for example, due to pregnancy
- injury to a deep vein due to trauma or surgery
- history of stroke or heart attack
Risk increases with age. Being immobile for long periods of time also puts a person at risk.
What can I do to prevent deep vein thrombosis?
Educating yourself in identifying the signs and symptoms of deep vein thrombosis early could save your life. Lifestyle changes such as weight loss in obese patients or exercising more often also help to decrease risk. Early diagnosis of deep vein thrombosis has proven to be the difference between life and death, and is a relatively simple measure to take.
Vein Specialties in St. Louis, MO provides free screenings under the supervision of Dr. Norman N. Bein, MD FACS. If you are over 40 with symptoms or history of venous disease, call (314) 993-8233 to schedule an appointment for a screening today.