If you suffer from Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), it’s crucial that you get professional diagnosis and treatment to avoid more serious health issues. This condition results from a blood clot in one of the larger veins in the body, like the ones in the pelvis, calf, or thigh, although they can also occur in the arms or chest in some circumstances. You need to recognize the symptoms of DVT, so you can get the treatment you need before more serious problems start to manifest. In today’s post, we will discuss some of the signs of DVT that you should look for and some of the more serious issues that can result if you don’t seek professional treatment.
One of the first symptoms that you will notice from DVT is swelling in your legs. The swelling may be slight or unnoticeable at first, but without treatment, this swelling can become much more severe. If you notice swelling in your lower legs, you should schedule an appointment with one of our experienced specialists who can properly diagnose the cause of the swelling and start a treatment plan to alleviate it.
Cramping in your legs can range from mild discomfort all the way to excruciating pain, and the severity can vary depending on what time of day or night it is. The cramping can also be unpredictable, occurring randomly and with little-to-no notice. At first, you may try to blow off the cramps, especially if they don’t occur very often, but if this symptom persists, then you need to be evaluated by one of our experienced specialists to get to the bottom of any cramping or fatigue you may be experiencing in your legs.
When blood collects behind a blood clot, it can cause your skin to become warm to the touch and possibly even some redness or skin discoloration. These are both signs that you could be suffering from DVT. Failure to treat this can result in the problem becoming worse and the area becoming even warmer to the touch.
While the initial symptoms may not be so bad, failure to address these issues could result in much more serious problems, including a pulmonary embolism, which occurs when a clot is separated from the vein and becomes lodged in one of your lungs. Don’t put it off. Contact Advanced Vascular Surgery to schedule an appointment and get peace of mind with accurate diagnosis and treatment of your DVR symptoms.