When most people hear the term “vein disease,” they think of varicose veins, which, after all, have very visible symptoms. But there is another much more serious and dangerous form of vein disease that has few, if any, visible symptoms. It affects an estimated 900,000 people every year, of whom 100,000 to 300,000 die, often without every knowing they had the disease. The deaths are caused not by DVT itself — which manifests as blood clots forming in the large veins of the leg — but from what happens when those clots travel to the lungs or the brain. There they cause pulmonary embolism or stroke, something a New Jersey vascular doctor knows all to much about…
What New Jersey residents need to know about DVT
The first thing you should know is that except in rare cases, if you have DVT you probably won’t know it unless you have a venous health screening from a New Jersey vascular doctor. For example, here at our New Jersey vein treatment center, we would have to use venous ultrasonography to determine whether blood clots had begun to form in your legs. The bad news is that if we find evidence of blood clots, you have a DVT. But the good news is twofold – first, the tests themselves are fast, non-invasive, and painless, and second, if we do find that you have a DVT, we can easily treat it so that it doesn’t become dangerous.
So how do you treat DVT if you find it?
The answer to this question depends on where they are located and how large they are. If they are below the knee, in many cases we can treat the condition with simple observation, compression therapy and serial venous ultrasounds. The gradient compression stockings we use reduce calf pain and swelling and lower the risk of both leg ulcers and post-thrombotic syndrome, which can cause pain, discoloration, and skin scaling on the affected leg. These compression stockings should be fitted and prescribed professionally. Your New Jersey vascular doctor may also prescribe lifestyle changes such as brisk walking and spending some time each day with your legs elevated. Serial ultrasounds will ensure that the thrombus is improving and not propagating proximally where it can become dangerous.
If the blood clots are large enough or in a location that creates the possibility of them moving to the lungs or brain, then anticoagulation therapy be needed usually for a 3 month period of time or until the thrombus resolves.
But we’re getting ahead of ourselves – your first step to protect yourself from DVT should be to pick up your phone and schedule a venous health screening, to see whether you have it or are at high risk of developing it. The whole process takes only about an hour, but can literally save your life. Call 201-693-4847 today or go online to schedule your appointment now.