Should I be concerned about DVT (deep vein thrombosis)?
If you are experiencing varicose veins, you may be at a higher risk for life-threatening DVT, a blood clot in your deep veins, usually in your legs.
DVTs are dangerous because that blood clot may break off and travel to your lungs, blocking blood flow and causing a potentially fatal pulmonary embolism.
While varicose veins are easily seen just below your skin in your legs, DVT occurs in veins that can’t be seen at the surface.
DVT symptoms include:
- swelling in your legs
- leg pain, usually a cramping or soreness that starts in your calf
- DVT can also be present with no symptoms.
Our physicians will examine your legs and likely order an ultrasound immediately. DVT is not a “wait and see” condition; if you suspect you have DVT, get evaluated immediately.
If you are not experiencing symptoms, but have a family history or risk factors for DVT, including weight issues, smoking, prolonged bed rest or sitting in one position for long periods of time (driving, flying or working at a computer), be proactive about your health and get screened for DVT. It could save your life!
Call Vascular Specialists today at 815-824-4406 if you have any questions about your vein health!