Deep Veins in Dallas, TX
Vanguard Vascular & Vein treats deep vein disease for the residents of Garland, Rowlett, and the Greater Dallas area.
You are probable familiar with the veins that run just under your skin, but your body also has deeper veins that contribute to your circulatory system. These veins are larger than the more superficial veins, and they carry the majority of your blood back to your heart. You have deep veins in both the upper and lower parts of your body.
The internal jugular vein carries blood from your brain, face, and neck. In your upper extremities, the brachial vein carries blood from your arm and begins at the junction of your radial vein and ulnar vein. Your lower body has several veins, including the femoral, peroneal, anterior and posterior tibial, popliteal, and profunda femoris.
What Causes Deep Veins?
Deep veins describe the presence of blood clots in one or more of your deep veins, a condition that is known as “deep vein thrombosis” or DVT. Deep vein thrombosis can occur in the deep large veins of the pelvis, legs, thighs, or arms. It may develop after prolonged bed rest or immobility, such as after long plane or car trips. Risk factors may increase the likelihood of DVT development.
Am I at Risk for Developing Deep Veins?
Risk factors may increase your likelihood of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT), although some people who develop the condition do not have any risk factors. People with all of the risk factors may never develop deep vein thrombosis (DVT); however, the chance of developing the condition increases with the more risk factors you have. You should tell your doctor about your risk factors and discuss your concerns.
Risk factors for deep vein thrombosis include the following:
- History of cardiovascular disease, stroke, and blood clots
- Prolonged inactivity, such as sitting, bed rest, immobilization, or paralysis
- Recent surgery, particularly knee, hip, and gynecological surgery.
- Bone fractures
- After childbirth or miscarriage
- Cigarette smoking
- Birth control pills or estrogen pills; cigarette smoking and the use of birth control pills together can increase the risk even further.
- Hypercoagulability, a blood clotting condition
- History of polycythemia vera, a condition that causes excess red blood cell, white blood cell, and platelet production
- Some cancer tumors
- Sitting in an airplane for several hours because of inactivity, the cabin pressure, low humidity, and dehydration
- Over age 60
- High blood pressure
- Hypercoagulability, a condition that increases the likelihood of blood clots
How Can I Prevent Deep Veins?
Your doctor may recommend that you receive blood thinning medications or anticoagulants if you are at risk for deep vein thrombosis (DVT). You can minimize immobility during plane or car trips by walking frequently and pumping your feet while sitting. It may also be helpful to drink plenty of water, quit cigarette smoking, and achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
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.