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Common Symptoms of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Common Symptoms of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Posted on March 4, 2014 by Dr. Stephen Rivard

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) results from improper blood flow in the deep veins. DVT commonly occurs in the legs, but sometimes can be found in upper extremities. If your DVT goes undiagnosed, the clot can block blood flow for the entire vein, endangering the health of the leg.  More importantly, if the clot breaks off (now called an embolism) and travels to the lungs it can lead to chest pain, difficulty breathing, and sometimes death.

What are the Common Symptoms of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)?  Deep Vein Thrombosis

DVT and Varicose Veins share many similar possible symptoms: 

  • The most common is swelling in the leg. 
  • Large Bulging Varicose Veins. 
  • Sudden onset of leg cramps or restless leg. 
  • Burning or uncomfortable feeling around the vein.
  • Swelling, redness, and/or tightness of skin around the vein.  

These symptoms of DVT may feel worse when the affected area (such as a leg) is lowered, particularly in the morning or during long plane rides. Additionally, DVT can occur from long periods of inactivity, any trauma- i.e. resulting from a sports related injury, but most frequently from heredity. 

How can treating your Varicose Veins help?

As in the case of diagnosing varicose veins, the proper medical evaluation performed by a Board Certified Venous & Lymphatic Physician is necessary to determine severity of the thrombosis.  While having a blood clot does not necessarily suggest that a patient has deep vein thrombosis, particularly if it occurs in surface veins (as opposed to in deep veins within the muscle), it is always better to be guided by your symptoms and seek proper care early in order to avoid any potentially serious side effects.

To find out more information on DVT and how Illinois Vein Specialists, A Center of Excellence in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Vein Disease™, might be able to help you download our Patient Guide!

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Seeking Relief from a Board Certified Vein Specialist

At Illinois Vein Specialists, we care just as much about the medicine and the specialized practice of Phlebology (the treatment of vein and lymphatic disease) as we do our patients. We focus only on treating varicose and spider veins and treat patients from Buffalo Grove, Cary, Elgin, Algonquin, Palatine, Vernon Hills, Crystal Lake, Hoffman Estates, Lake Zurich, Fox River Grove, Mundelein, Grayslake, Wauconda, Chicago, and all areas of Barrington, Illinois. We even have patients from Alaska to Sienna, Italy and Texas to Connecticut.

We understand that when you choose a doctor you want to go to someone you know, like and trust, and honestly so do we. We know that patients come to us most often from satisfied patient referrals, but we encourage you to do your own homework and ask around. In the end no matter where you live or who you decide to have treat your varicose or spider veins find someone who focuses only on diagnosing and treating varicose and spider veins — find a Board Certified Venous and Lymphatic physician.

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