Symptoms and Diagnosis
Deep Vein Thrombosis or DVT is a condition in which blood clots can form within the deep veins of the body. A clot can occur when the blood becomes thicker and clumps within in one area. Deep vein clots usually occur in the calf, thigh or other parts of the leg but they can occur within other areas of the body.
Although a knock or injury may result in a bruise, this swelling it is actually a small clot in the superficial vein which is perfectly harmless and will dissipate by itself. Deep vein clots can be far more problematic as there is a risk that the clot can become dislodged and flow into the lung or heart. If this clot is of a significant size, this can cause severe complications or even death.
The symptoms of deep vein thrombosis can be very subtle. The clearest indicators are swelling or pain in the leg or lower limbs. Usually the pain or swelling is restricted so that it only affects one side.
A common site is the calf. The development of redness or swelling can indicate a problem. It will also be extremely tender when applying pressure to the back of the thigh or calf. In a case of deep vein thrombosis when comparing the affected calf with the other a significant difference will be visibly demonstrated.
However in some cases swelling is not visible but the limb feels suddenly warm for no apparent reason, feels tired or restless or you are experiencing a pain which only occurs when you are standing or walking, this could also be a symptom.
If you feel you may be experiencing symptoms of a deep vein thrombosis it is important to seek professional medical advice & St. Louis Vein Treatment. Due to the risk of complications it is imperative to receive advice as quickly as possible.
Your St. Louis Vein Doctor will perform some simple non-invasive diagnostic tests or examination to ascertain whether further treatment or investigation is necessary. A quick and accurate diagnosis is a priority to ensure prompt treatment which can be essential.
There are a number of factors which are known to influence the occurrence of deep vein thrombosis. These include;
- Being severely overweight or obese
- Taking of certain forms of oral contraceptives
- Static activity such as long procedures of operation or long haul air flights or travel
Being aware of these factors can help you in minimizing the risk or avoiding the development of deep vein thrombosis. Trying to engage in regular exercise will improve your general fitness and reduce the risk. When travelling on a long haul flight, try to stretch your legs while seating and get up and walk around the cabin as frequently as possible. It is also important to stay hydrated, so drink plenty of water and try to avoid caffeine and alcohol.
If you are interested in learning more or have concerns about deep vein thrombosis please contact us. Our St. Louis staff will be happy to assist you with any questions or queries you may have.