Deep Vein Thrombosis

Varicose veins may not look attractive when they appear on the surface of your skin, but they don’t always cause physical discomfort. As unsightly as they might seem, they may not be painful at first; however, a lack of symptoms is a not a clue that your varicose veins are normal. In fact, the mere development of varicose veins should warrant an evaluation with a vein specialist.

How Do You Know If You Have DVT?

DVT occurs most commonly in the legs, but it can be located in other regions of the body as well. You will likely experience some symptoms like swelling in one leg or cramping as you place pressure on the affected veins. Your skin may feel warm and, in more severe cases, you may experience some discoloration on the skin around the clot.

When you begin to experience symptoms, it’s essential to receive an evaluation and ultrasound from Dr. Allen. With a thorough examination of your leg veins and an assessment of your medical history, Dr. Allen can diagnose your condition and move toward finding an effective treatment option.

What Treatment Options Are Available?

The best way to treat DVT is to prevent your clot from enlarging. In the past, coumadin was the “gold standard.” However, newer non-coumadin oral agents, which do not require weekly blood testing are now being used. Other methods, like compression stockings, may be prescribed to help improve blood flow throughout your legs.

If you would like more information about DVT and the ways you can prevent it from impacting your health, contact The Center for Advanced Vein Therapy at 267-728-7440 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Allen.

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