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March Is Deep Vein Thrombosis Awareness Month

March Is Deep Vein Thrombosis Awareness Month

Posted on March 6, 2017 by Dr. Stephen Rivard


Each year 350,000 people are diagnosed with Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).  The majority of those diagnosed are not even aware they had an issue. In 2003, more than 70 public health organizations gathered in Washington D.C. to discuss the prevention of blood clots. They then formed the Coalition to Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis and marked March as an annual month to improve the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of this venous issue and support research to improve the quality of life for patients suffering from blood clots.

Deep Vein Thrombosis happens when a blood clot forms in the veins deep inside the leg muscles typically. If undiagnosed, the thrombosis may eventually block off the entire vein and threaten the health of the leg; or a piece of the blockage (called an embolism) may break off and travel to the lung and become a pulmonary embolism which can lead to chest pain, difficulty breathing, or even death.

Symptoms of DVT like pain and swelling or recurring leg cramps can resemble those of varicose veins and can be caused by a number of factors like heredity, cancer, oral contraceptives, pregnancy, immobility, trauma, or smoking. Blood clots, however, may have no physically noticeable symptoms. This fact was so important that during 2015, we submitted an abstract and presented it at the American College of Phlebology annual medical convention. Our experience and research has shown that up to 10% of our patients were never aware they had blood clots in their veins prior to seeking Endovenous Laser treatment for their varicose veins. Our ongoing study is to posit that those people with varicose veins can develop superficial blood clots which can make their way into the deep venous system and potentially cause serious issues. Indeed 50% of people who have suffered a pul-monary embolism from clots have no idea where the clot came from.

In order to obtain a diagnosis, you could go to a hospital, an ultrasound clinic, or consult a Board Certified Venous & Lymphatic Doctor like Dr. Rivard or Dr. Susan Kanehann at Illinois Vein Specialists. The practice opened in 2009 and has a staff of a dozen— physicians, medical technicians, ultrasound specialists, nurses, and administrative personnel, backed by state-of-the art medical equipment and systems. Since opening, we have helped over 10,000 patients from the Illinois area (and beyond) and have developed a reputation as an exemplar, a Venous & Lymphatic Center of Excellence.

Don't suffer needlessly, if you or a loved one has varicose veins, seek the attention of a certified vein specialist today.  

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At Illinois Vein Specialists, we care just as much about the medicine and the specialized practice of Phlebology as we do our patients. We focus only on treating varicose and spider veins and successfully treated patients from many towns including 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 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 research 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 Vein Specialist.

Tagged Varicose Vein Treatment, endovenous laser therapy, deep vein thrombosis, dvt, common symptoms of deep vein thrombosis, Pulmonary embolism


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