Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep Vein Thrombosis in St. Louis, MO

Protect your health. Know your risks.  Get screened.

Deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, is a dangerous, potentially deadly condition in which a blood clot (thrombus) forms in a deep vein.  DVT occurs most commonly in the leg but can also form in the arm.  In some cases, DVT can be quite painful.  Yet, it often causes no pain.  Compared to clots in superficial veins, thrombi in deep veins can be an immediate threat to your life, because they’re more likely to break free and travel up the vein.  If this traveling clot (embolus) reaches a lung artery, it can be fatal if not diagnosed and treated immediately.

Norman N. Bein MD FACS RVT is a board certified vascular surgeon in St. Louis, MO.  Dr Bein and his staff are hosting FREE vein screenings through the summer months for those who are at risk for blood clots and venous disease in their deep or superficial veins.

So, are you at risk?

DVT’s symptoms include pain, tenderness, swelling, a warm sensation or redness in the area of the clot.  However, symptoms are often overlooked, which is central to the dangers of DVT.  So it’s important to know the factors that increase your risk for DVT, which include:

  • A personal or family history of DVT, blood clots, or varicose veins.
  • Being overweight or obese.
  • A personal history of stroke, or heart attack.
  • Being a current or former smoker.
  • Risk increases with age.
  • Hormonal changes (pregnancy, and other causes).
  • Immobility or lack of movement for extended periods – including while travelling.
  • Blood disorders & medical treatments that increase the blood’s thickness, including hormone replacement therapy & birth control medications.
  • Injury to a deep vein from surgery, a broken bone or other trauma.

What does a screening involve?

A short medical questionnaire, a brief physical examination of the legs (bring loose fitting shorts) and a brief Ultrasound examination of the deep and superficial venous system. AVF then asks for a short exit survey. All in all, the screening takes 15 minutes and you will receive information about Deep Vein Thrombosis and Venous disease to read and share with family and friends. This includes current minimally invasive treatments for varicose veins and their causes.

How can I prevent DVT?

  • Education about risk factors including screenings such as we are conducting.
  • Weight loss, diet and exercise
  • Wearing appropriate compression hose during medical procedures, when travelling or during periods of prolonged standing or immobility.
  • Early diagnosis and treatment of varicosities and the underlying vein malfunction.

How common are DVT, PE, Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI), and Superficial Thromboembolism (STE)?  What are the signs?

2.5 million Americans are affected by these diseases annually. 600,000 people are hospitalized annually for DVT. PE causes 200,000 deaths each year. These numbers are increasing. 500,000 people have ulcers caused by venous disease which can cause permanent damage. 24 million Americans have varicose veins and 10 times more people suffer from venous disease than Peripheral Artery disease (PAD). Untreated people can develop ulcers and clots over time.

What is the American Venous Forum?

"The American Venous Forum (AVF) is an international consortium of venous and lymphatic specialists dedicated to improving patient care. Our mission is to promote venous and lymphatic health through innovative research, education and technology."

This includes increasing public awareness or acute and chronic venous diseases through education, identification and empowerment and remains the nation's only dedicated organized non-profit venous screening effort. 
Information from these screenings is sent to AVF to add to current statistics, identify risk groups and research.

Who should take advantage of our free screenings?

Anyone over the age of 40, and/or people with varicose veins and the symptoms of venous disease (heaviness, aching, pain, swelling, leg cramps, skin changes or ulcers).  Anyone with the risk factors mentioned earlier especially when several factors are present.

Get Screened Today:

Call 314-993-8233 or 866-626-VEIN (8346) to schedule a time for a free screening. 11456 Olive Boulevard, Suite 200, Creve Coeur (St. Louis) 63141.

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Want to learn more about deep vein thrombosis? Call our St. Louis, MO office at (314) 993-8233 today!