Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a serious condition where a blood clot forms in one or more deep veins, most often in the legs. DVT is surprisingly common, affecting an estimated 1 to 3 in every 1,000 adults in the United States each year. 

While DVT is often treatable, it can lead to life-threatening complications like pulmonary embolism (PE) and a blockage of blood flow to the lungs. At Vascular Specialists of Central Florida, we help patients avoid the risks of DVT and also prevent further complications. Look at how this disease occurs and what warning signs to watch for.

What is Deep Vein Thrombosis?

DVT occurs when blood flow is disrupted, or clotting mechanisms are impaired. Common risk factors include:

  • Prolonged immobility
  • Recent surgery or injury
  • Travel
  • Obesity
  • Advanced age
  • Pregnancy and postpartum
  • Hormonal medications
  • Family or personal history of DVT
  • Certain medical conditions

Recognizing the Symptoms of DVT 

While DVT affects an estimated 900,000 people in the United States each year, it’s most common in adults over age 60, but it can occur at any age.

Part of the reason that this disease isn’t treated at first is that DVT may not always cause noticeable symptoms. However, common signs include:

  • Leg pain (cramping, soreness)
  • Swelling in the affected leg
  • Warmth and tenderness
  • Redness or discoloration
  • Enlarged veins

If you experience any of these symptoms, especially in combination, seek medical attention promptly. Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent further complications. 

Can You Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis?

Did you know that DVT is preventable? Obesity increases the risk of DVT by around 2.5 times in men and 3.5 times in women compared to those of normal weight. However, through lifestyle choices and adjustments to your diet, you can avoid the risks of DVT and other vascular diseases. 

There are several steps you can take to reduce your risk of DVT:

  • Stay active: Move regularly, especially after surgery or prolonged periods of inactivity. Avoid crossing your legs for extended periods.
  • Travel smart: Take breaks during long trips to stretch and move around.
  • Consider compression stockings: These can improve circulation during travel or prolonged sitting.
  • Quit smoking: Smoking significantly increases DVT risk.
  • Maintain a healthy weight: Obesity is a major risk factor.
  • Talk to your doctor: Discuss your risk factors and preventive measures, especially if you have a history of DVT or upcoming surgery.

Getting Treatment for DVT 

At Vascular Specialists of Central Florida, we offer comprehensive DVT diagnosis and treatment options, including:

  • Anticoagulant medications: Blood thinners help prevent clots from growing and reduce the risk of complications.
  • Thrombolytic therapy: Clot-dissolving medications for severe cases.
  • Thrombectomy: Surgical removal of blood clots.
  • IVC filters: Implantable devices to prevent clots from reaching the lungs.

Our experienced vascular specialists will tailor a treatment plan to your needs and ensure you receive the highest quality care.

Don’t Ignore the Signs

If you suspect you have DVT, don’t hesitate to contact Vascular Specialists of Central Florida. Early diagnosis and treatment can make a significant difference in your outcome. We are here to help you manage your DVT and prevent complications. Schedule an appointment today to learn more about DVT and how we can help you.

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