Am I at Risk of Developing Deep Vein Thrombosis?

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Deep vein thrombosis is a life-threatening condition in which a blood clot forms in a vein that is located deep inside the body. This condition may lay dormant until it manifests itself in other ways, like a pulmonary embolism. While deep vein thrombosis is often caused by surgery, many other factors can affect how likely it is to develop. Fortunately, if a patient is educated and vigilantly watches out for the signs and symptoms of deep vein thrombosis, they can sometimes catch it early and take steps to prevent it from forming in other veins.

At Advanced Vein Center, we believe that helping our patients gain knowledge about vein conditions and disorders is one of the most powerful ways to help them stay happy and healthy. If you’d like more information about our practice or are interested in having a venous condition evaluated, contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment!

Who is at Risk of Developing Deep Vein Thrombosis?

When it comes to deep vein thrombosis, the biggest risk factors have to do with age, medical history, and genetics. People over the age of 50 have a significantly higher risk of developing this condition. If you have had heart disease, pancreatic, ovarian, or lung cancer, you may also be more likely to develop deep vein thrombosis. Individuals with a family history of the condition are also at an increased risk.

In addition to these risk factors, this condition most commonly develops in individuals that have conditions that alter the way the blood moves through their veins. These conditions can include:

  • Obesity
  • Hormone fluctuations from “the pill”
  • Smoking
  • Prolonged immobility from surgery or a cast
  • Pregnancy

Because tissue debris can enter the bloodstream and cause blood clots to form, undergoing surgery can also make you more likely to develop deep vein thrombosis.

How Will I Know if I Have Deep Vein Thrombosis?

According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, only half of the people that have deep vein thrombosis experience any symptoms related to it. Because of this, it can be difficult to detect this condition before it causes more pressing medical problems.

For the 50% of individuals that do exhibit symptoms, these symptoms can include:

  • Swelling that is usually present in only one leg
  • Cramping in one leg that typically begins at the calf
  • Pain in the foot or ankle

If you suspect that you or someone you love has deep vein thrombosis, don’t let it go unchecked. Advanced Vein Center is proud to bring patients in Maine access to accurate diagnostic tools. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.