Vein Thrombosis Can Be Deadly
Blood flow to and from the heart is a vital body process and impediments in this flow can quickly cause severe medical problems. One such medical problem is the development of deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
Deep vein thrombosis is a medical condition wherein blood flow stops and a clot forms. An untreated clot can increase in length and become unstable. It can detach from its location and move towards the lungs. Once in the lungs, it can obstruct blood flow. This is a dangerous situation because it can cause death.
DVT can develop when a person blood circulation is obstructed by lack of movement. Those who stand or sit for long hours are at risk of having deep vein thrombosis. People who travel long hours frequently may feel the symptoms at one time or another. Those who cannot move due to surgery is also prone to DVT and even tight clothing can cause this vein condition.
Dr. Prabhjot Grewal, a vascular surgeon from South Coast Vein Care, Newport, California, explains that a DVT is a different kind of blood clot that can become movable and flow towards the lungs. If such clot is big enough this can result in pulmonary embolism and eventual death.
The swelling of the calf or the entire leg is an indication of deep vein thrombosis and this is accompanied by pain. When this happens, medical attention should be immediately sought.
Thrombosis is the medical term for a blood clot that is formed in a blood vessel. The ones that happen in a vein are called venous thrombosis. Those that happen to be deep are termed deep vein thrombosis. Some blood clots are superficial and these are the harmless ones. Having a DVT is life threatening. A big clot lodged in the lung can result in the heart to stop beating and a quick death can result.
When the symptoms of deep vein thrombosis are detected, one should consult with a doctor immediately. The early detection of the blood clot may be able to save a life. The patient will undergo an ultrasound to detect the location and the existence of blood clots. Blood thinners are given as prevention to stop the clot from growing longer. Doctors usually inject the medication for several days and then oral blood thinners can be given.
Once the doctor determines that the body has stabilized and the blood clot breaks down and has been absorbed by the body then treatment is a success. However, the medication should be continued for 6 months or so to assure that no recurrence happens. Doctors will need to determine if medication is to become maintenance especially when the patient is prone to blood clots. This means that prevention for deep vein thrombosis will have to be for life.
People who have the symptoms of DVT should not delay medical attention. Swelling and pain on the calves or legs should not be taken for granted. Deep vein thrombosis is life threatening and the sooner this is remedied the better for the life of the person.