When you cut yourself or get a bruise, you can see the injury almost immediately, and you likely feel a painful warning you that you need to seek treatment. But what if you have an injury or health condition that you can’t see? Do you know what steps to take or how to treat the problem?
Unlike some conditions, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) isn’t visible to the naked eye because the issue occurs inside the deep veins of your body. However, this condition can cause pain and swelling that can limit your ability to perform your daily routine.
At Elite Vein Centers in Canton, MI, we specialize in treating DVT so you can live as painfree a life as possible.
Deep vein thrombosis is a condition where blood clots form in your body’s deep veins. Usually, these clots form in your legs. If left untreated, the blood clots can break loose, lodge in your lungs, block blood flow, and cause a pulmonary embolism.
Risk factors for developing DVT include:
- Being pregnant
- Taking birth control pills
- Being obese or overweight
- Having cancer
People who are on prolonged bed rest or are paralyzed may also develop DVT more easily.
If you notice swelling and pain in your legs, you should see your doctor as soon as possible. If you experience any of the following symptoms, however, seek medical attention immediately:
- Bloody coughs
- Chest discomfort or pain that worsens when you cough or breathe deeply
- Shortness of breath
- Rapid pulse
To treat DVT, your doctor will run a series of tests (such as an ultrasound, blood test, MRI or CT scan, and venography). Then, he or she will prescribe blood thinners, filters, clotbusters, or compression stockings to treat the condition.
Seek Treatment From Certified Professionals
For more than 20 years, our certified physicians have provided effective treatment for DVT. Contact us to schedule an appointment at our Canton, MI facility or at the location nearest you.