Deep Vein Thrombosis
According to the American Heart Association, up to 2 million Americans are affected by DVT each year, and, according to a recent national survey, 74% of them have little or no awareness of the condition. This makes it especially important to know what to look for.
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a dangerous condition that occurs when a large vein develops a blockage (or a clot.) These tend to occur deep within the leg. These clots can be large enough to cause major damage to the lung(s) if they break off and travel to the heart. Although proper prevention is the best treatment, the vein doctors at the Vein Institute are also highly trained in the diagnosis and treatment options for this condition. They are, in fact, the leaders in the region for treatment of major DVT, especially when the condition requires a procedure to remove or dissolve the clot.
DVT is a dangerous condition that occurs when a large vein, deep in the leg or pelvis, develops a blockage or clot. This condition must be addressed as, if left untreated, it can cause major health problems. The most serious risk of a DVT is that of a pulmonary embolism. That occurs when a piece of the clot breaks off from the leg and travels through the bloodstream to the lung. This affects the ability of the body to get oxygen and, in some situations, may lead to death.
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