March is Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Awareness Month! This month is dedicated to raising awareness about this serious condition, which involves blood clots forming in deep veins, usually in the legs, known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). If left untreated, DVT can cause pain and lead to a life-threatening complication called pulmonary embolism (PE).
Why is DVT awareness important? Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial for preventing serious complications. By understanding the signs and symptoms of DVT, you can seek help promptly and reduce your risk.
DVT is preventable and treatable. If you have any concerns about DVT, don’t hesitate to consult a vascular specialist. They can provide you with more information and help you assess your risk.
Why Deep Vein Thrombosis Awareness Month Matters
Deep vein thrombosis occurs when a blood clot forms within the vein or artery of the legs, causing a blockage. We are raising awareness for deep vein thrombosis because if left untreated, DVT can lead to serious or even life-threatening complications. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as many as 900,000 people are affected by DVT and PE each year.
Don’t wait if you notice signs of DVT and seek immediate medical attention. Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial, as DVT blood clots can break free and travel to your lungs, causing a life-threatening condition called pulmonary embolism (PE). This may cause damage to your lung tissue, low oxygen levels in your blood, damage to your other organs, and, in extreme cases, even death.
While blood thinners are often prescribed to prevent complications, additional medications or procedures might sometimes be necessary. Remember, prioritizing your health and addressing DVT promptly can significantly reduce the risk of serious consequences such as heart attack, stroke, and pulmonary embolism.
If you experience signs of pulmonary embolism, we recommend calling 911 or heading directly to the nearest emergency room.
Risk Factors of DVT
Many people experience symptoms from DVT that resemble varicose vein symptoms, such as leg pain and swelling, making the condition difficult to diagnose without an ultrasound. DVT can also occur without any warning signs or symptoms. This makes it very important to learn the risk factors of DVT to take preventative measures to decrease your risk of developing blood clots.
Common DVT risk factors include:
- Being over the age of 60
- Smoking or alcohol consumption
- Family history of blood clots
- Pregnancy or recent childbirth
- Long periods of immobility
- Having vein disease
Vein disease, also known as venous insufficiency, is the underlying cause of varicose veins and spider veins. Not only can vein disease lead to enlarged, visible veins on your legs, but it can also cause a range of symptoms such as leg swelling, cramping, itching, and fatigue. The risk factors for developing vein disease are similar to the above risks of developing DVT.
During DVT awareness month, we want you to be aware that treating underlying vein disease can reduce your risk of developing deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. Making certain lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, becoming more physically active, and stopping smoking, can help improve your vein health.
To get started, consulting an experienced vein specialist can be beneficial in determining the best course of action.
Increase Your DVT Awareness at USA Vein Clinics
During DVT Awareness Month, our vein specialists are available to treat symptomatic vein disease, which can reduce your risk of developing deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.
Our experts use minimally invasive, office-based treatments to reduce blood flow to diseased veins and reroute it to healthy, surrounding ones. This approach can alleviate painful symptoms while also improving overall circulation.
The range of minimally invasive vein treatments offered at our USA Vein Clinics locations include:
- Visual Sclerotherapy for spider veins
- Ultrasound-guided Sclerotherapy
- Endovenous laser therapy (EVLT)
- VenaSeal™ treatment
- Varithena vein treatment
- Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) treatment
Whether you suffer from varicose veins, spider veins, or venous ulcers, our clinics treat a variety of venous conditions. Most of our treatments take less than an hour to perform, from start to finish, which means our patients can leave immediately after the procedure to resume daily activities.
Sometimes, multiple treatments or methods are necessary to achieve desired results. One of our experienced vein specialists can give you a better idea of what to expect during an initial consultation.
We offer treatment in over 168 clinic locations across the country. To learn more about which type of non-surgical vein treatment would be best for your situation, simply contact us at 888.768.3467 or schedule an online appointment.
In some cases, multiple treatments or methods are necessary to achieve desired results. One of our experienced vein specialists can give you a better idea of what to expect during an initial consultation.
We offer treatment in over 100 clinic locations across the country. To learn more about which type of non-surgical vein treatment would be best for your situation, simply contact us at 888.768.3467 or schedule an online appointment.