FAQs about Deep Vein Thrombosis
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a term that refers to a blood clot that develops inside your vein, typically deep within the leg although they can also form in your thigh, pelvis or arm. If part of the blood clot breaks off, it travels through your bloodstream where it can get stuck in your lungs and cut off blood flow, leading to organ damage and even death. Learn more about DVT by reading up on frequently asked questions about this serious condition.
What are the symptoms of DVT?
Signs of DVT include redness, tenderness, warmth and swelling in the affected part of your body.
Who is at risk for DVT?
Individuals on prolonged bed rest (after surgery, for example) are at risk for DVT as are those with blood clotting disorders or a family history of DVT. Women on birth control or hormone replacement therapy are also at greater risk because these tend to cause the blood to clot more easily. In addition, if you smoke or are obese, you’re more prone to develop DVT.
Once I’ve had DVT, am I more likely to have another episode?
Studies estimate that 25% of people who have had DVT will have it again, although it largely depends on your specific medical history, including having a family history of a blood clot, the location of the clot, and whether or not you’ve had previous clots or have a clotting disorder.
How is DVT treated?
Anti-coagulant medication (blood thinners) stops the blood from clotting and interferes with a blood clot becoming enlarged. Being on a blood thinner for a long period of time has its risks, as well. That’s because they can cause bleeding, which means you must have regular visits with your doctor while taking an anti-coagulant.
If you have a history of DVT, talk to a vein specialist at Reeder Vein Institute about what you need to know to keep yourself healthy. Contact us online today or call us directly at 972.566.3040 in Dallas or 817.438.7260 in Fort Worth. We look forward to hearing from you!