Manhattan Vein Treatment: How to Prevent DVT
Posted: Dec 17, 2015
As NYC vein treatment specialists, we completely understand why the month of March is designated Deep Vein Thrombosis Awareness Month. DVT is the most serious of the diseases we treat, and kills hundreds of thousands every year.
DVT occurs when the large, deep veins of the legs are damaged by disease, surgical injuries, or medications, and begin to form blood clots (thrombi) along their cell walls. Even if these blood clots remain in place, they restrict circulation and deteriorate your overall health, but the real danger is if the clots travel to other areas of the body. If they move to the brain they can cause a stroke, and if they move to the lungs they can cause a pulmonary embolism. The latter is such a common complication of DVT that physicians refer to it by a single acronym, DVT/PE, and consider it one of the worst "silent killers" because most who die from it didn't even know they were ill. So in this article, we'll explain more about DVT, and how Manhattan vein treatment can help you protect yourself and prevent it.
Risk factors for DVT you should be aware of
Because noticeable symptoms of DVT do not appear in all cases, if you want to protect yourself and prevent the disease you should be aware of the risk factors that put you most at risk of developing it. As with other vein diseases, age (being over 60) and having a family history of vein disease are the most important. But being overweight, smoking, and inactivity (especially sitting too much) are almost as important. Fortunately, you can actually reduce these risk factors and prevent DVT by losing weight, stopping smoking, and getting more exercise.
Symptoms of DVT you should know about but probably don't
If you notice any of the following, you should see a vein doctor immediately:
- Heavy aching and chronic leg fatigue in the affected legs.
- Swelling in one or both legs, usually first noticed in the calf.
- Pain or tenderness in one or both legs, primarily while standing or walking.
- Red, discolored skin at the back of your leg below the knee.
- Patches of warmth on the skin surface of the affected leg.
- Visible surface veins
How do I find out for sure if I have or am at high risk for DVT?
The most effective way, and our recommendation to you, is to call our NYC vein treatment center and arrange for a venous health screening. These screenings are painless and non-invasive, but can detect both the early signs of DVT and indications that you are at greater-than-normal risk of developing it. If indications of DVT are found, don't worry, because it can be treated, and almost as quickly and as painlessly as the screening itself. And if you don't have DVT, we can help you reduce your risk factors so that you are less likely to develop it. So call us today at 646-233-1838, because the life you save may be your own.
Author Bio: Vein Treatment Manhattan and Best Sleep Center in Nyc specialists discuss the most dangerous vein disease, deep vein thrombosis or DVT, and how to prevent it.For more information: http://www.nycva.org
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