Deep Vein Thrombosis- Top 5 Signs

Deep vein thrombosis, more commonly referred to as DVT, is a potentially serious lethal disease that usually is contracted once you start to enter your 60s. The disease occurs when blood begins to clot in the deep veins of the body. Although your body have several deep veins, it is most common that this disease is contracted in the legs. This type of clotting induces serious circulatory issues in blood distribution to the rest of the body and will need some kind of circulatory treatment. If it goes unattended, the disease will eventually kill you. Also paired with this disease is pulmonary embolism, which occurs when one of these clots slowly makes its way up towards one of the lungs; together these two diseases make up what is known as venous thromboembolism. The most important factor to consider with DVT is being able to spot and act on some of the most common signs of the disease to save yourself severe medical complications in the future. Listed are some of the most common signs to watch out for once you enter the age where you’re most susceptible.

Swelling

Swelling, again most commonly in the legs or lower half of the body, is the very first sign that should turn your DVT radar on. Once pain and swelling begin, it has been noted that this could be a day or two after you begin to contract the disease and should not be taken lightly. Many who seem to contract the disease and feel these first signs are alarmed at the swelling, however they choose to ignore it entirely, attributing it to something else they may have done a day or two before. Although with that said, swelling alone can’t be the only factor that can determine DVT and should be noted but once paired with a couple of the other symptoms on this list you should consult your doctor immediately.

Pain and Tenderness

Yet, not soon after the swelling sets in will one begin to feel pain and tenderness in their affected area. Tenderness will be the touch and the pain associated with the disease feels sharp and is usually described as a muscle cramp. The pain and tenderness usually occurs intermittently, when either sitting or lying down, not when they are standing or walking. Combined with the swelling, one usually resorts to taking some kind of pain medication, however the pain will subside temporarily and will only push off the inevitable.

Fatigue

With old age comes the feeling of fatigue; it is natural that our bodies begin to feel jaded after so many years. However, this usually happens due to an activity, regardless of how strenuous it is. What is different in this common DVT sign is the fact that this type of fatigue comes without warning. Limbs will feel heavy and it’ll be more than a combination of soreness and tenderness. Fatigue will begin to be felt prior to the majority of symptoms around the same time as swelling and will usually be felt after treatment.

Visible Veins

Having visible veins is definitely a serious indicator and once this stage of the disease arrives it is important to consult your doctor. The veins will rise and become more prominent in the affected area. When feeling the tender, veiny area be sure to feel what seems to be a tough area, which will be your vein that is affected. The surfacing of veins comes because the vein membranes are beginning to feel stressed ultimately causes them to straighten out and become more rigid.

No Symptoms at All

Although not really considered a symptom, not showing any signs at all is an important factor to consider when entering your 60s with the threat of DVT. Unfortunately, even though there are several different kinds of symptoms associated with the disease, deep vein thrombosis may occur without any visible or felt symptoms. With that being said, once you enter the age of becoming more susceptible it is important to consult with your doctor on getting tested for the disease once or twice a year. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle by staying active and eating well in tandem with being cognizant and proactive about diseases as serious as DVT.

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