Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) – Blood Clots in Deep Veins in Dallas, TX
The Deep Veins
Veins are responsible for carrying blood from the body back to the heart. These veins may be superficial ones that are on the surface, or deep veins that are deep inside the body. Whenever a blood clot forms in one of the deeper veins of the legs, arms or pelvis, the ensuing condition is known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
Deep vein thrombosis reduces or blocks altogether the flow of blood in a particular vein. The clot can also become dislodged, where it will travel through the bloodstream and lead to a stroke, heart attack or pulmonary embolism. As such, deep vein thrombosis is a life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical attention in order to avoid serious complications or even death.
By the Numbers
The Vascular Disease Foundation reports that around one out of every 20 people will develop DVT in their lifetime. In addition, more than 600,000 people are hospitalized for this condition every year. Although a number of people suffer from DVT, it is nonetheless the most preventable cause of death among coronary disease sufferers.
Complications of Deep Vein Thrombosis
Those who develop deep vein thrombosis one time are at an increased risk of being affected by this condition again. Some people who experience DVT will eventually develop phlebitis, which is the inflammation of a vein, or thrombophlebitis, which is also an inflammation of the vein that is caused by a blood clot. This can cause tenderness, pain, and difficulty walking. These conditions can be treated with lifestyle changes that include a healthy diet and exercise program along with smoking cessation.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment with one of our vascular surgeons in our Garland or Rowlett, Texas office, call Vanguard Vascular & Vein at (972) 487-1818.
Vanguard Vascular & Vein is a leading vascular care provider serving Garland, Rowlett, and the Greater Dallas area. Our patients rely on us for individualized care and a holistic approach that addresses all of their vascular care needs. We are the first practice in the area, and one of only five in the country, to receive Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation (RPVI) accreditation. The accreditation assures our patients that the care they receive meets the highest professional standards for vascular ultrasound interpretation. To learn more about the Vanguard Way, please visit our About Us page.