What Is DVT?

Deep vein thrombosis is a condition where a blood clot forms in a vein, usually deep in the lower leg or thigh. It can cause pain, swelling, and redness in the affected area. If left untreated, the blood clot can break loose and travel through your bloodstream to the lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism, which may be life-threatening.

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Symptoms of Deep Vein Thrombosis

  • Pain or tenderness in the affected area
  • Swelling in the affected area
  • Redness or discoloration of the skin
  • Warmth in the affected area
  • Veins that are more visible or prominent than usual

Who Gets Deep Vein Thrombosis?

Several risk factors can increase one’s chance of getting DVT, including: 

  • Prolonged immobility: such as being bedridden for a long time or sitting for long periods
  • Injury or surgery: injuries to the veins, as well as surgeries, can increase the risk of developing DVT
  • Cancer: people with cancer are at an increased risk of developing blood clots, including DVT
  • Weight: people who are overweight or obese are at a higher risk
  • Pregnancy: pregnant women may be at increased risk of developing DVT, especially during the first six weeks after giving birth
  • Smoking: smoking can increase the risk
  • Certain medical conditions: such as heart disease, stroke, and some blood disorders
  • Family history: having a family history of DVT or pulmonary embolism increases the risk
  • Age: DVT is more common in people over the age of 60

Treatment Options


Anticoagulants, or blood thinners, are typically the first line of treatment for deep vein thrombosis. These medications prevent the blood clot from getting larger and help prevent new clots from forming. The duration of treatment with these medications varies depending on the individual patient's circumstances.

Compression Stockings

Compression stockings are another treatment option for deep vein thrombosis. These stockings help improve blood flow in the legs and reduce swelling. They are typically worn during the day and removed at night. Compression stockings in different compression levels are available for your individual needs.

Lifestyle Changes Can Help

  • Exercise regularly to improve blood circulation
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Avoid standing or sitting in one position for long periods
  • Wear compression stockings
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Are You Concerned About DVT?

The Spartz Vein Clinic by Skin Care Doctors can treat any stage of venous disease. Dr. Spartz is a board-certified expert in advanced techniques in vein treatment. Her gentle and compassionate approach makes her patients feel at ease in her care. If you have a vein that concerns you, don’t hesitate to get it checked by someone with expertise in diagnosing vein conditions. Contact our office today to ensure your veins are healthy to keep your body safe from the complications of deep vein thrombosis.

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