Deep Vein Thrombosis blood clots can be deadly but are preventable!

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Risks of Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), also referred to as Deep Venous Thrombosis, is a blood clot located within a deep vein, usually in the leg. A blood clot that breaks free and travels up to the heart or lungs is referred to as a Pulmonary Embolism (PE), which can stop blood flow and cause sudden death. The CDC estimates up to 100,000 Americans die every year from preventable DVT/PE

In addition, Deep Vein Thrombosis blood clots in the leg can permanently damage veins. The result in 50% of DVT survivors is Chronic Venous Insufficiency which results in long-term leg pain, heaviness and swelling that can progress to difficulty in walking, changes in skin color and open leg sores (known as leg ulcers). Deep Venous Thrombosis can significantly impair quality of life.

Causes of Deep Vein Thrombosis

Many patients ask us, "can varicose veins cause blood clots?" According to a recent study, 5% of patients diagnosed with chronic venous insufficiency, compared to the general population, are at risk for DVT. There is a distinct increased risk for patients over 70-years-old and obese. There are several factors known to contribute to the risk of DVT although a blood clot can occur in almost anyone.

  • Heredity (Genetics)
  • Age
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Lack of Exercise
  • Pregnancy or Recent Birth
  • Recent Surgery or Hospitalization
  • Cancer Treatments
  • Prolonged Sitting (Airplane Travel)
  • Extended Bed Rest
  • Oral Contraceptives
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • Alcohol Consumption

Symptoms of Deep Vein Thrombosis

  • Increased warmth in the affected area
  • Pain or tenderness in the leg, ankle or foot
  • Red or discolored skin
  • Swelling in the affected area

Treatment of Deep Vein Thrombosis

The absolute best way to diagnose Deep Venous Thrombosis is with a Full Vein Exam and Duplex Ultrasound. A medical clinic with an experienced vein specialist should be able to get you in the same day for diagnosis if you have any concern about blood clots in your legs. Treatment and prevention will be accomplished in several ways depending on the patient risk factors and severity but usually starts with blood thinning medication.

Prescription compression stockings are a common preventative measure as are range of motion exercises, treating underlying blood disorders and vein therapy for Chronic Venous Insufficiency. An experienced vein doctor can discuss all treatment options with you after proper diagnosis from a Full Vein Exam and Duplex Ultrasound.

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By Jilanne Rose, DNP ANP-BC | May 9, 2019 | Comments Off on I have spider veins that hurt!

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By Jilanne Rose, DNP ANP-BC | Apr 25, 2019 | Comments Off on I have had a blood clot before and I am worried.
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By Jilanne Rose, DNP ANP-BC | Apr 21, 2019 | Comments Off on Sclerotherapy before endovenous laser vein treatment?

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By Jilanne Rose, DNP ANP-BC | Mar 21, 2019 | Comments Off on Same pain, new location
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I’m having the same pain that I had before my ablation procedure, except it is in a different new location. How long will this go on? Question:  It’s been 2 months since my GSV endovenous laser ablation procedure. I have the same pain that I had before the procedure, except it’s in a new location.…

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By Jilanne Rose, DNP ANP-BC | Mar 14, 2019 | Comments Off on Circular wound with redness

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By Jason Babcock, MBA CMPE | Feb 12, 2019 | Comments Off on Get rid of my varicose veins
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By Jilanne Rose, DNP ANP-BC | Jan 15, 2019 | Comments Off on What Treatment Options Are Available For My CVI?
Compression Socks

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About Jilanne Rose, DNP ANP-BC

Jilanne is Phoenix Metros only Doctorate Nurse Practitioner that has been trained extensively by a Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgeon, an Interventional Radiologist, and an Interventional Cardiologist. Dr. Rose is highly regarded by patients and physicians who seek her out because of her expertise in vein disease, her commitment to compassionate care, and her excellent success rates. As a peripheral vascular specialist that has performed well over 10,000 vascular interventions, Dr. Rose is dedicated to helping patients achieve a pain free, healthy and happy life.