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Are you at risk for developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT)? St. Louis, MO, vein specialist Dr. Norman Bein of Vein Specialties shares some information on this dangerous condition and discusses treatment options.
What are DVTs?
A DVT occurs when you develop a blood clot in one of your body's deep veins. The clots are more common in the leg, but can also form in the arm. DVTs may cause a potentially life-threatening problem if they break free of the vein and travel to your lungs. When a clot stops blood from entering the lungs, death can occur. DVTs can be very damaging even if they remain in your leg or arm. Damage to the vein's valves may result in chronic pain and swelling in your arm or leg.
Who is at risk of developing a DVT?
You may be more likely to develop the condition if you:
- Are 40 or older
- Recently had surgery on your legs or hips
- Experienced a lower body injury
- Have a family history of DVTs or other vein diseases, such as varicose veins
- Smoke or have smoked in the past
- Are pregnant
- Use hormone-based birth control or take hormone replacement medication
- Are overweight or obese
- Haven't moved for long periods of time, such as when flying
What are the symptoms of DVT?
Many people experience no DVT symptoms and are only aware that they have a problem if the clot breaks free and travels to the lungs. If you do develop symptoms, you many notice pain in your arm or leg, swelling and reddened skin. Your vein may feel very firm or thick when you touch it. If you notice any of these symptoms, please call our St. Louis office immediately.
If the clot travels to your lungs, it becomes a pulmonary embolism. You may experience chest pain, coughing and shortness of breath if this happens. You may also feel nauseated and might vomit blood. Pulmonary embolisms are life-threatening emergencies. Go to the emergency room immediately if you experience these symptoms.
What is the treatment for a DVT?
Medications called anticoagulants are used to break up the clot. Medication therapy is very effective in most cases, but some people may need surgery.
Are you concerned about a possible deep vein thrombosis or another vein issues? Call St. Louis, MO, vein specialist Dr. Norman Bein of Vein Specialties at (314) 993-8233 to schedule an appointment.
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.
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.