Deep Vein Thrombosis

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When you are walking along and minding your own business, you do not think a scary, life-threatening problem can occur. But sometimes, when we least expect it, life throws us a curveball. Deep vein thrombosis, also known as DVT, can have a sudden onset and cause you pain, swelling, redness and warmth in your legs and feet. If you feel any of these combined symptoms while walking around, it is time to stop in your tracks and call for help. Here is why:

When the body is functioning normally, blood flows through the arteries all over the body including the legs, allowing them to function normally. Arteries carry blood to the extremities while veins bring the used blood back. Our legs have veins as well as arteries. The veins in our legs have different depths. Some of the veins are located deep within the leg while others are closer to the top of the skin. When the veins malfunction, they clot and can cause a pulmonary embolism.

DVT symptoms should be considered a medical emergency. If you suspect you are suffering from signs and symptoms of DVT, call for help immediately.

If you have experienced any of the following conditions in your life, you may be at risk for DVT:

1.       Previous episode of DVT

2.       40 Years of age or older

3.       Recent surgery

4.       Trauma

5.       Lack of mobility

6.       Smoking

7.       Varicose veins

8.       Blood clotting disorders

9.       History within the family of DVT

10.   Heart disease

11.   Legs that swell chronically

12.   Obesity

13.   Sepsis

14.   Hormone replacement therapy

15.   Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

16.   Cancer

17.   Dehydration

18.   Birth control pills

19.   Pregnancy or recent childbirth

Signs and Symptoms of DVT

If you experience these signs and symptoms, seek help immediately.

1.       Pain in the calf or thigh

2.       Warmth and redness of the leg

3.       Swelling in the leg

If you have a medical history of DVT or know someone in the family who does, reach out to a podiatrist to start taking proactive measures. Call Achilles Foot and Ankle Surgery, PC located in Martins Ferry, Ohio and St. Clairsville, Ohio, as well as Wheeling West Virginia. There Dr. Bruce G. Blank and his staff can educate you on DVT. Call 740-633-4188 or make an appointment online today.