DVT is a blood clot that can form in either the deep veins of the legs or the veins of the upper extremities.
What are the Symptoms of DVT?
About half of people with DVT don’t show symptoms. However, other people experience symptoms such as:
- Swelling in either one leg or both legs
- Red/Discolored skin in the leg affected with DVT
- Surface veins that are visible
- Leg fatigue and heaviness
To ensure that you are able to prevent DVT, take the following steps:
- Exercise regularly and remain active
- If you’re sitting in one spot, such as an airplane, for more than four hours, walk around or do leg stretches from time to time. It’s also important to stay well hydrated and avoid alcohol consumption.
- Check your blood pressure regularly. If it’s high, take the necessary steps to lower it.
- Finding alternatives for birth control pills and hormone-replacement therapy can help reduce the risk of clotting
- Avoid smoking. Smoking can cause the blood vessels to tighten and can restrict the blood flow, causing blood clots.
How Can I Treat DVT?
There are many ways to treat DVT. The most common forms of treatment include blood thinners and and Catheter-Directed Thrombolysis. Vein Center Brinton Lake provides people with a range of treatment options. Call 610-579-3516 for more information.