A pulmonary embolism is one of the worst possible outcomes of deep vein thrombosis. The internal tissue damage from an embolism, usually in the lungs, can result in permanent disability or even death. The good news is that DVT treatment is available at our Manhattan, New York clinic that can greatly minimize your risk of an embolism from DVT.
Symptoms and Signs of DVT
DVT is a condition that develops when a clot forms in one or more deep veins in a leg. These are some of the most common causes of blood clots in deep veins:
- Medical conditions that impact the way that your blood clots
- Lengthy periods of inactivity
- Sitting for long periods
- Bed rest after surgery
- Traveling long distances on flights
You may or may not begin to feel symptoms once a blood clot forms in a deep vein in your legs. Sometimes patients who experience no symptoms at all can still suffer from a pulmonary embolism, a heart valve embolism, or other serious health conditions if part of a blood clot breaks loose and begins floating through the circulatory system.
These are the most common symptoms of deep vein thrombosis (DVT):
- Swelling in the leg where a blood clot has formed
- Leg pain, usually in the calf; can feel like a leg cramp
- Skin discoloration on the affected leg
- Affected leg feels warm
If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s time to meet our vein physicians in Manhattan, NY for an exam and to determine whether you may have deep vein thrombosis.
Why Blood Clots are Dangerous
Once a blood clot breaks loose from a leg vein and starts floating around in a person’s circulatory system, it’s going to “land” somewhere and block the flow of blood and oxygen in that area. This is usually in an important organ like the brain (stroke), heart (heart attack), or a lung (pulmonary embolism). The effects of this are incredibly dangerous and almost always result in organ or tissue damage, large hospital bills, and major lifestyle changes for the person who experiences it.
How Common is DVT in America?
CDC research suggests that DVT could be as common as 1 to 2 people per 1,000 every year in America, which is about 900,000 people annually.
Treatments for Venous Issues
Treatment for venous issues at from our specialists Schulman Vein & Laser Center in Manhattan, New York can reduce or eliminate the risks of deep vein thrombosis resulting in a pulmonary embolism. The following are some of the treatment options that we offer to patients with DVT.
Varicose Vein Treatment
Visible varicose veins are a result of venous issues that often accompany DVT. We offer laser treatments, injectable treatments, foam sclerotherapy and micro surgery to eliminate varicose veins. You learn more about our varicose vein treatment methods here.
Spider Vein Treatment
Broken blood vessels, otherwise known as spider veins, are another venous issue that we frequently treat in patients. We offer sclerotherapy, foam sclerotherapy, laser treatments and other options for removal of spider veins. Learn more about our spider vein treatments here.
Other Body Vein Treatments
Schulman Vein & Laser Center also provides a variety of treatments for temple and facial veins, breast and chest veins for women and men, and vaginal varicosities. You can learn more about our alternative vein treatments here.
Finding Vein Treatment in Manhattan, New York
If you suffer from varicose veins or if your primary physician has diagnosed you with deep vein thrombosis, you shouldn’t wait to receive treatment. Contact us in Manhattan to schedule an appointment right away.