Vein and Body Specialists is the center to trust when you are experiencing symptoms of deep vein thrombosis. Residents of Bellevue, Sandusky, Fremont and Norwalk, Ohio can experience safe and effective treatment for this condition with our board-certified radiologists. With its high standard of care and knowledgeable team, our practice can help you with many forms of vascular treatment.
What Is Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)?
When a blood clot forms in the lower leg or calf this is called deep vein thrombosis, or DVT. When DVT occurs, you may experience pain, swelling or no symptoms whatsoever. DVT can cause clots to break loose and spread throughout the body, and even to the lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism. Because DVT can be “silent” and you may have no symptoms, it is important to be checked regularly if you meet the criteria for developing DVT.
Who Develops Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)?
The risk factors for developing DVT are listed below. The more risk factors you identify with, the more likely it is that you may have or develop DVT. The risk factors include:
- Regular periods of prolonged sitting (at work or during travel)
- >40 years of age
- Presence of varicose veins
- Injury, trauma, or previous orthopedic surgery
- High estrogen levels, typically through pregnancy or birth control
- Previous history of DVT
If you identify strongly with one or more of the symptoms above, it may be time to schedule a diagnostic test for DVT.
How Do I Know If I Have DVT?
Because DVT often occurs with the absence of symptoms, a medical professional must diagnose it. Our board-certified radiologists offer a diagnostic test using our state-of-the-art ultrasound technology. This is a fast and easy appointment. If DVT is present, our specialists may recommend a personalized treatment plan which would include your family physician and/or follow-up tests for maximum safety.
Can I Prevent DVT?
Yes, you can help prevent the likelihood of DVT from happening to you by living a healthy, active lifestyle. This includes moving your body frequently by walking and exercising and maintaining a healthy weight. If you have varicose veins or a history of deep vein clots, wearing compression stockings can be beneficial.
Vein and Body Specialists can help patients at risk for deep vein thrombosis in and around the areas of Bellevue, Sandusky, Fremont, Norwalk and the surrounding communities in Ohio. If you think you may be risk for this condition, schedule an appointment with our board-certified radiologists. Contact us today!