Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot in one of the body’s deep veins, usually in the pelvis, calf, or thigh, but they can also occur in the arms or chest in rare occasions. While DVT can cause sudden symptoms like swelling, pain, or a warm sensation, it can be extremely dangerous and lead to pulmonary embolisms, which occur when a blood clot lodges in the lungs after being separated from the deep veins. Without proper treatment from the professionals at Advanced Vascular Surgery in Kalamazoo, larger embolisms can become fatal very quickly. Let’s look at some of the symptoms which may be signs that you have deep vein thrombosis.
Swelling is one of the first symptoms you may notice as a sign of deep vein thrombosis. There are times in which swelling of the affected area can be mild and barely noticeable, but there are cases in which you will notice severe swelling without knowing what could have caused it. If this is the case, you need to schedule an appointment as soon as possible to get the root of the problem.
While leg cramps can be more serious at night than during other times during the day, it is important to speak with a specialist about your cramps, as they could occur seemingly at random without notice. Cramps, which usually occur in the calves, should be taken seriously as they could be sign of more serious issues like deep vein thrombosis. You may also experience fatigue in your legs, as well. Schedule an appointment with one of our specialists if you are concerned about cramping in your legs.
If your skin is warm to the touch, this could be a sign of blood collecting behind a blood clot. You may also notice redness or another color change to the skin, which may be a sign of deep vein thrombosis. Without treatment, these warm sensations will worsen and become much more apparent when the area is touched. Call us for an appointment with Advanced Vascular Surgery if you are concerned about the symptoms you are experiencing.
Our experienced professionals at Advanced Vascular Surgery are committed to educating and treating our patients on a number of vascular diseases like deep vein thrombosis. We are ready to assist you in any way possible, so call to schedule your appointment.