What is Deep Vein Thrombosis?
Deep Vein Thrombosis (also known by its acronym, DVT) is the term typically used for a blood clot that occurs deep inside the body, usually in the lower extremities. A DVT is most often classified by a blood clot found in the legs that affects the larger veins, generally between the thigh and lower leg. This type of circulation blockage is very serious and, if left untreated, can lead to more dangerous health complications. One such example is a pulmonary embolism, which is when a blood clot breaks off and travels to the lungs causing a life threatening blockage in the main artery or one of its branches.
Be Aware: DVT Symptoms
The growing number of individuals affected by DVT each year is becoming alarming. Because of this, it is especially important that we know & recognize deep vein thrombosis symptoms before this “silent killer” has a chance to attack. Review the common signs & symptoms below and be on the lookout; these quick facts may help alert you if something is not right.
- Leg pain & tenderness (similar to that of a Charley Horse)
- Noticeable swelling in the affected leg
- Leg that is warm to the touch
- Skin discoloration of the affected area
- Leg fatigue
Risky Behavior: Are you at Risk?
Noticing changes in your leg behavior may help save your life! Be proactive and see a doctor right away if you suspect a DVT! Several of our team members were lucky enough to catch their DVT’s before more serious complications set in; because of this we want everyone to be conscious of conditions & behaviors that could elevate your chances of being diagnosed with a DVT. Take a look at the National Blood Clot Alliance: Stop the Clot’s detailed risk factors page, which rates your risk and offers practical measures to help lower your chances.
Tackle it: DVT Treatment
After reading about all the risks factors, we KNOW you’re going to shape up and take precautionary measures to better protect your health. However, if a DVT does occur don’t be alarmed; there are several steps doctors can take in order to achieve their main goal - tackling your blood clot! Deep vein thrombosis treatment varies according to each person’s needs, but here are a few steps that doctors often take:
- Prescribe anticoagulant medications (a.k.a. blood thinners) to help keep the clot from growing or moving, & new clots from forming.
- Suggest elevation of the legs to reduce swelling.
- Recommend wearing compression stockings, which can help remedy leg discomfort and the latter onset of Post-Thrombotic Syndrome, or PTS.
Take Home Lesson: Who’s getting an A+?
Precautionary steps to improve the wellbeing of your legs can have a huge impact on your overall health, so take a stretch break from your office chair, kick the bad habit, and wear compression stockings. All of us at RejuvaHealth are rooting for you! Whether you’re new to compression or an old pro, we can all benefit from sharing our experiences and learning from each other, so take a look at our "how to" section or become more involved as a RejuvaHealth fan- we’re in this together!